Health Warning for Kaupokonui River Mouth
Friday, March 22, 2019
South Taranaki District Council (STDC) environmental health officer, Mark Superfine, has today (Friday 22 March) issued a health warning for Kaupokonui River Mouth.
“Routine sampling by the Taranaki Regional Council has found high levels of Escherichia coli (E.coli) at Kaupokonui River Mouth. Visitors to these areas should not collect shellfish and plant life or come into contact with the water,” says Mark.
“Keep your pets away from the water too as they can also be affected,” he says.
The STDC has erected warning signs.
Further water samples will be taken next week, and the warning signs will be removed when the levels are considered safe.
Mark reminds people that the general rule is to not swim after heavy rainfall.
“Heavy rain flushes contaminants from urban and rural land into waterways and we always advise people not to swim in streams/rivers for at least three days after heavy or prolonged rainfall – even if a site usually has good water quality.”