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Wairoa River swimming warning


The Hawke's Bay District Health Board has asked Wairoa District Council to put up warning signs recommending people not to swim in the Wairoa River until further notice due to high levels of E.coli in the river.

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council will carry out further tests next week to see if these levels have gone down.


Hawke’s Bay District Health Board recommended the warning following the high E.coli reading which may have been caused by a number of factors, including contaminated run-off from farmland, birds, or other sources. This follows recent rain events over the past two weeks.

If you do swim in the Wairoa River and develop diarrhoea and/or vomiting between 1-2 days afterwards then please contact the on call Health Protection Officer at the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board. 06-834-1815.

31 October 2018

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