WATER QUALITY CHECKS
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.