Kapiti Swimming Ban Suggested

Kapiti Coast, as seen from the escarpment near Paekakariki

Council advises swimmers to avoid the sea, rivers and streams for two days

The Kāpiti Coast District Council advises people visiting beaches, rivers and streams this weekend to avoid swimming in them for 48 hours following heavy

Waikanae River

rain.

Environmental Standards Team Leader Richard Hopkins says levels of bacteria are likely to be higher in these areas due to the recent heavy rain, and flushing of waterways after the long dry spell.

He says: “So it’s important that people follow advice to avoid getting sick.”

Waikanae Pool — safe to swim in

“We know this is frustrating as it’s pretty warm out there but there are plenty of other great places to take a dip in Kāpiti,” he says.

“The Waikanae Pool, the revamped Ōtaki Pool and splashpad, and Coastlands Aquatic Centre are all open for business.”

Dog owners are also advised to remain vigilant and to keep their pets on-leash near our streams and rivers due to the increased levels of bacteria.

Test results from popular river, lagoon and beach locations are available on the Council’s website.