There are a few simple rules you can follow to avoid getting sick from swimming in contaminated water:
· Stagnant or murky water contains more bugs than clear or flowing water. Only swim in water when you can see your feet when standing in knee deep water.
· Avoid swimming in water if it is discoloured, smells or if there is foam or a slick on the waters surface.
· Wait for 48 hours after heavy rainfall before swimming in freshwater or semi-enclosed coastal sites, such as harbours and estuaries.
For more information, or a breakdown of the past bathing water quality results go to: www.nrc.govt.co.nz/swimming
Photo: Ngunguru estuary