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.
People are strongly advised not to swim in the Hutt River from Moonshine Bridge to Fairway Drive Bridge, and in the Pakuratahi River from SH1 to its confluence with the Hutt River in Kaitoke Regional Park.
Children should be kept away from water in these sites and dogs should be kept on a lead.
While currently below “no swim” trigger levels, toxic algae cover is also rising in Wairarapa at Greater Wellington’s Waipoua, Waingawa and Ruamahanga river sites in Wairarapa, and in the Otaki and Waikanae rivers in Kapiti.
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 showing toxic algae in the Hutt River this week: