Water quality readings posted online
As people hit their favourite beach and river spots this summer local authorities will be keeping a close eye on water quality.
During the bathing season water quality is monitored at 20 river sites and 61 beach sites across the Wellington region.
Results are posted on Greater Wellington’s website gw.govt.nz/ on-the-beaches, using a traffic light system. The health risk is determined from the number of bacteria found in water samples. A green light means low risk.
Most beaches and river spots are fine most of the time but Greater Wellington advises waiting at least 48 hours after heavy rain before taking a dip.