The Kāpiti Coast District Council would like to remind people who are enjoying our wonderful beaches this weekend to avoid swimming for 48 hours after heavy rain, especially in areas close to stream and river mouths.
Environmental Standards Team Leader Richard Hopkins says levels of bacteria are likely to be higher in these areas due to the recent heavy rain, and flushing of waterways after the long dry spell we've had, so it's important that people follow advice to avoid getting sick.
"We know this is frustrating as it's pretty warm out there but there are plenty of other great places to take a dip in Kāpiti. The Waikanae Pool, revamped Ōtaki Pool and splashpad and Coastlands Aquatic Centre are all open for business."
Dog owners are also advised to remain vigilant and to keep their pets on-leash near our streams and rivers due to the increased levels of bacteria. Test results from popular river, lagoon and beach locations are available on the Council’s website.