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Health Warnings Lifted for Waingongoro and Kaupokonui River Mouths

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South Taranaki District Council (STDC) regulatory services manager, Chantelle Denton, says the health warnings for Waingongoro and Kaupokonui River mouths have been lifted.

Testing by the Taranaki Regional Council has found that levels of Escherichia coli (E.coli) at these locations have returned to normal and the warning signs have been removed.

This follows the announcement that routine sampling by the Taranaki Regional Council had found high levels of Escherichia coli (E.coli) at Kaupokonui and Waingongoro River Mouths. Visitors to these areas were advised not to collect shellfish and plant life or come into contact with the water and to keep pets away from the water too as they can also be affected.

The STDC had erected warning signs at these locations.

A general rule is to not swim after heavy rainfall. “Heavy rain flushes contaminants from urban and rural land into waterways and we always advise people not to swim in streams/rivers for at least three days after heavy or prolonged rainfall – even if a site usually has good water quality,” says Chantelle.

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