Wa­ter qual­ity pro­vokes stream warn­ing

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Par­ents are ad­vised to keep chil­dren away from the north­ern reaches of Plim­mer­ton Beach by Taupo Stream.

Wa­ter qual­ity warn­ings have been placed at the stream out­let be­cause high co­l­iform counts make the area un­safe.

Jenny Brash from Greater Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil said in­ves­ti­ga­tions were on­go­ing to lo­cate and fix the source of the pol­lu­tion.

‘‘Many of our streams go through built-up ar­eas and swamps on their way to our beaches. Th­ese can be­come pol­luted on their way by farm an­i­mals, birds, stormwa­ter and other waste,’’ Ms Brash said.

The re­gional coun­cil and Porirua City Coun­cil mon­i­tor streams and beach out­lets reg­u­larly and in­for­ma­tion about wa­ter qual­ity is on both coun­cils’ web­sites.

Take care when swim­ming at beaches, par­tic­u­larly two to three days af­ter rain. Keep chil­dren away from stream out­lets, which are likely to be pol­luted.

Plim­mer­ton Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion has in­vited coun­cil spe­cial­ists to a meet­ing in early 2014 to en­sure the sit­u­a­tion is be­ing re­solved.

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