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The up­graded Safeswim wa­terqual­ity fore­cast­ing pro­gramme is pro­vid­ing real-time in­for­ma­tion about wa­ter safety and qual­ity, to­gether with pub­lic health alerts at 84 of Auck­land’s beaches this sum­mer. De­vel­oped by the Auck­land Coun­cil andWater­care, it pulls to­gether en­vi­ron­men­tal data and de­liv­ers in­for­ma­tion to the web­site safeswim.org.nz. ‘‘We’re em­bark­ing on an am­bi­tious plan to sig­nif­i­cantly im­prove our wa­ter qual­ity in­clud­ing bil­lions of dol­lars of in­vest­ment to stop waste­water over­flows and to pri­ori­tise safety and clean­li­ness of our wa­ters,’’ Mayor Phil Goff says. ‘‘Safeswim lets peo­ple know where it’s best to swim, but will also pro­vide mo­men­tum to im­prov­ing the qual­ity of our streams and beaches.’’ The coun­cil and Water­care are set to make a cap­i­tal in­vest­ment of $6 bil­lion over the next 20 years to im­prove wa­ter in­fra­struc­ture to achieve the goal. ‘‘Auck­land’s beaches and har­bours are clean most of the time, but in heavy rain, wa­ter can find its way into the waste­water net­work caus­ing over­flows. Auck­land Coun­cil and Water­care are do­ing their part to keep stormwa­ter and waste­water sep­a­rate and we all need to en­sure this is achieved,’’ Water­care chief ex­ec­u­tive

Raveen Jadu­ram says. Safeswim signs are also be­ing in­stalled at the re­gion’s ur­ban beaches.

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