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Canterbury region

Can I swim here?

Canterbury's lakes, rivers, coastal bays and beaches are used by many people in the summer months for swimming and other recreational activities.

In order to protect human health, Environment Canterbury works with Community & Public Health and local territorial authorities to inform the public of the potential health risks associated with swimming at these sites.

To do this, Environment Canterbury staff monitor microbial water quality weekly at popular swimming sites over the summer months (mid-November until early March). This enables them to provide information on which sites are considered suitable for swimming.

In total, 34 river, 18 lake and 46 coastal swimming locations are actively monitored by Environment Canterbury.

Monitored sites in the Canterbury region

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