Hot weather and low rainfall have combined to increase the risk of toxic algae throughout the greater Wellington region, with some rivers now over the limit for safe swimming. It is advised not to swim, children should be supervised and kept well away from water, and dogs should be kept on a leash at the following sites:
Kapiti Coast: There has been a large increase in toxic algae in the Otaki River with a substantial build-up of detached mats. It is advised not to swim from Hautere right down to the river mouth. This site will now be monitored weekly by KCDC.
Pakuratahi River: The algal bloom in the Pakuratahi River at Kaitoke Regional Park has increased. Advised not to swim in the river below SH2 to do keep dogs on leash.
Waingawa River: Toxic algae at our Waingawa River at South Road Site has increased significantly and has moderate levels of detached mats. Advised not to swim and to keep children away from the river's edge where detached mats can accumulate.
South Coast streams (Red Rocks): The Waipapa and Hape streams (Hape Stream is near the Red Rocks car park) both have significant levels of toxic algae. Advised to keep dogs on leash. Note: no issue for divers in the ocean.
Find out more about toxic algae at http://www.gw.govt.nz/safeswim/ so that you can keep yourself safe, wherever you are.
Check out the latest video that shows what toxic algae looks like.