Avoid swimming in Kāpiti waterways for the next 48 hours. KCDC Media release
Council warning about bacteria
By Roger Childs
Rain after a prolonged dry spell, inevitably increases bacteria levels.
So the Kapiti Council recommends staying out of rivers, streams and beaches until mid Sunday (January 21st) afternoon.
Heavy recent rain has flushed out the waterways, such as the Wharemauku Stream, and the bacteria levels are higher than usual. Toxic algae is also a concern.
Pools are fine!
… it’s important that people follow advice to avoid getting sick. Environmental Standards Manager Jacquie Muir
Jacquie understands people’s frustrations as the long sandy Kapiti beaches beckon in this amazing summer. However she emphasizes that there are alternatives.
… it’s pretty warm out there but there are plenty of other great places to take a dip in Kāpiti. The Waikanae Pool, revamped Ōtaki Pool and splashpad and Coastlands Aquatic Centre are all open for business.
Keep the dogs on leads
Council advise that dogs are in danger as well, at these times.
Owners are reminded keep their pets on-leash near Kāpiti streams and rivers, because as well as the bacteria concern there could be pockets of toxic algae in many areas due to the hot dry weather.
(Test results from popular river, lagoon and beach locations are available on the Council’s website.)