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Waitara River @ town wharf, Waitara

The survey site is situated in the lower tidal reaches of this large river, around 2km upstream of the river mouth. There are consented treated waste discharges from dairy ponds in the catchment upstream of the site, particularly in the Manganui River sub catchment. 

This site is used for swimming, whitebaiting (in season), fishing, walking and boating.  

For all sites, the Council advises:

Avoid for three days after heavy rain, if the river is high, or if you cannot see the bottom clearly.

 

There are consented dairy ponds treated wastes discharges in the catchment upstream of the site, particularly in the Manganui River sub catchment.

Recreational bathing surveys over the last two summers 92% (2017-2018) and 85% (2018-2019)  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

www.trc.govt.nz/environmental-monitoring-technical-reports/

 

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.

 

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