Look before you leap this summer
The waterways and coastal areas of the Western Bay are popular places to visit during summer – but it's a good idea to check out the quality of water before you jump in.
Keeping you in touch with the water quality of local estuaries, beaches, rivers and lakes is the job of Toi Te Ora Public Health.
If a recreational water site is significantly contaminated, Toi Te Ora will erect signs to warn where swimming is not advised due to the health risk.
Waterways are tested regularly for bacterial contamination from human or animal faeces, and for the bacteria which cause blue-green algae or algal blooms.
So when you're swimming or collecting shellfish this summer - look before you leap and make the most of our wonderful waterways.
You will find current local health warnings at www.toiteora.govt.nz/health warnings
Visit Toi Te Ora Public Health's website and read their press release: Look Before You Leap and Enjoy our Waterways this Summer and keep everyone free from tummy bugs, sore throats and skin infections!
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