Since the 1999-2000 season’s survey, discharges from the Inglewood municipal oxidation ponds’ system into the Kurapete Stream (approximately 8 km upstream of the survey site) have been diverted out of the stream to the New Plymouth wastewater treatment plant.
Recreational bathing surveys over the last two summers (2017-2018 and 2018-2019) showed that 100% of samples met the freshwater microbiological water quality guidelines prepared by the Ministry of Environment in conjunction with the Ministry of Health (MfE, 2003) and did not exceed the ‘Action’ level (>550 E.coli cfu/100mls).
The State of the Environment technical report showing the freshwater recreational monitoring results for 2018-2019 is available at
Please note that the Taranaki Regional Council calculates the Overall Bacteria Risk (risk of bacterial infection from swimming) for each site based on the test results of bacteria samples collected during routine sampling events. The test results of follow up samples are not included in the assessment of risk by the regional council.