Can I swim?

How do I find out if it is safe to swim at my favourite swimming spot?

Summer swimming season (Nov-Mar)

The health status of sites monitored by the Taranaki Regional Council is determined by the District Councils according to national guidelines and monitoring results. Check their websites or the Land Air Water Aoteroa (LAWA) website for more detail on recreational water quality in your area:

New Plymouth District Council: link)

Stratford District Council: link)

South Taranaki District Council: link)

LAWA: link)

 All year

The overall recreational risk for selected sites is available on the LAWA website(external link). It gives a general guide to water quality and is updated annually, based on data from the latest three years.

Don't swim after rain
Water quality in our rivers and at our beaches is generally pretty good over summer, except in poor weather conditions. Heavy rain flushes contaminants from urban and rural land into waterways and we strongly advise you not to swim for at least three days after heavy or prolonged rainfall – even if a site generally has good water quality.