Hu­man poo in river

Marlborough Express - - FRONT PAGE -

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the wa­ter, a poo re­port might make you think twice.

Ten coastal beaches and seven river sites in Marl­bor­ough were sam­pled weekly over sum­mer for fae­cal con­tam­i­na­tion in­di­ca­tors, and for some spots the re­sults are pretty stink.

The worst-of-the-worst, un­sur­pris­ingly for some, was the Tay­lor River, in Blen­heim, with about 60 per cent of sam­ples hav­ing an ‘‘un­safe’’ bac­te­ria con­cen­tra­tion of more than 550 E. coli per 100 millil­itres.

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