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The first samples for this year were taken in December 2019 and, for most sites, results will be available each Friday until the end of March.
Environment Southland science manager Dr Elaine Moriarty said staff were testing for E. coli and faecal coliforms at river and lake sites, and enterococci at our beach and estuary sites.
‘‘You can see the recent results on Lawa — where you can also see other sites from around the country if you're planning a spot of travelling this summer.’’
The water sampling results take a few days to come back and thing can change quickly, so it is important to also consider :
★ The recent weather conditions. Avoid swimming when it's been raining the day or two before.
★ The area — get familiar with it so you know where any discharge points might be, and keep them downstream of where you are swimming.
★ Generally, if you are standing in knee-deep water and can see your toes, then you should be OK.
The team also monitors for toxic algae in lakes, rivers and lagoons and if results are high a warning is issued.