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 - http://www.newplymouthnz.com/en/Residents/Attractions-and-Recreation/Can-I-Swim(external link)
Stratford District Council - http://www.stratford.govt.nz/council/services/environmental-health/bathing-water-quality(external link)
South Taranaki District Council - https://www.southtaranaki.com/our-community/safe-to-swim(external link)
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.