El­e­vated E Coli lev­els in Hamil­ton’s lake

Waikato News - - Health & Wellbeing -

The lev­els of the po­ten­tially harm­ful E.Coli have risen in Lake Ro­toroa at Hamil­ton Lake Do­main.

This is a com­mon oc­cur­rence at this time of year, as the lake’s res­i­dent duck pop­u­la­tion in­creases sig­nif­i­cantly with birds seek­ing sanc­tu­ary dur­ing duck shoot­ing sea­son.

The spike in the duck pop­u­la­tion re­sults in a rise in the E.Coli lev­els, as more fae­ces en­ters the lake.

Vis­i­tors to Hamil­ton Lake Do­main are asked not to con­sume or cook with any wa­ter from the lake, not to con­sume any fish caught in the lake and not al­low pet an­i­mals, par­tic­u­larly dogs, to swim in the lake or con­sume any of its wa­ter.

Hamil­ton City Coun­cil has ar­ranged for warn­ing sig­nage to be placed around the lake edge and will con­tinue to mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion.

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