Swimming Water Quality and Health Warnings

​Water quality at popular coastal, river and lake recreation sites and shellfish beds in the region are surveyed and monitored by Bay of Plenty Regional Council.​

These sites are monitored for faecal contamination (bacterial monitoring) from October to March each year and for toxin-forming algae species (algal bloom monitoring) from October to June each year.​

If a recreational water site is found to be significantly contaminated, with risk to public health, Toi Te Ora - Public Health Service informs the public by issuing a health warning and Council erects warning signs (signs are removed once the water quality improves).

If you swim in or drink contaminated water, you risk getting sick.​​

As a public health precaution, it is routinely recommended that people avoid swimming in rivers, streams and harbour areas for 48 hours after heavy rainfall events.​​

For ​current warnings and further information:

Bay of Plenty Regional Council - list of current warnings and latest monitoring results

Toi Te Ora Public Health - more information on health risks and what to look out for

Page reviewed: 21 Dec 2017 9:29am