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Swimming in NZ - 29% Totally Unpure

Old Dec 8th 2008, 7:51 am
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Many top swimming spots unsafe - survey

http://www.stuff.co.nz/4786010a11.html


"...29 percent of beaches, lakes and rivers had bacteria levels so high that the Ministry for the Environment recommended staying out of the water"
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Old Dec 8th 2008, 7:58 am
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And yet people have been swimming there for centuries. Where DO they stack the bodies??
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Originally Posted by Scouse Dave View Post
And yet people have been swimming there for centuries. Where DO they stack the bodies??

Here was I wondering what I would look like in my swimming togs this summer.

I may as well just wear a shroud.
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Old Dec 8th 2008, 9:27 am
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It would be really useful if someone published the list - has anyone got a link to this?
A shame that so many are unsafe - maybe this is an area where some "recession-busting" money could be spent?
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oh how unusual another thing to run down about New Zealand, just when Im feeling fed up in this godamm place, cheers for that.

but I wont go in the water anyway, stick to my pool thanks
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Old Dec 8th 2008, 10:26 pm
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A key thing to remember here is that often the water is safe in the sea - BUT not after heavy rain. So avoid taking a dip after torrential rain as you are likely to be swimming in overflow from drains etc. It washes away quite quickly and I have never seen anyone die - it is just that the potential of picking ear / eye infections and stomach upsets is higher at this time ;-(
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I think if you compared other areas that would not be too bad. Last year our favourite swimhole was x-dd, so we didn't swim there, but our oldest son did with his friends and they were all fine. I suspect that before it was fashionable to test water we swam in all sorts of crap.
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This is a bug-bear of mine! The Tuki-Tuki is either too fast flowing to be safe (after rain) or too polluted to swim in (when it hasn't rained for yonks) but heaps do
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Originally Posted by lapsed kiwi View Post
It would be really useful if someone published the list - has anyone got a link to this?
A shame that so many are unsafe - maybe this is an area where some "recession-busting" money could be spent?

Here you go...

http://www.consumer.org.nz/Default.a...dODceiw&bhcp=1
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You have to pay to see that report- $25 :curse::curse::curse:
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Originally Posted by bourbon-biscuit View Post
You have to pay to see that report- $25 :curse::curse::curse:
Opps sorry forgot.

We are members of consumer
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I bet its still a damn sight cleaner than blackpool though.
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Opps sorry forgot.

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Come on then - where are all the black spots around the country?
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Ever gone swimming in the Med?

As a kid I snorkel, sometimes following these curious large pipes that ran out from the rocks or beach......you can guess what I found at the not too distant end....

Freshwater run-off is a big factor in swimming water quality here...tip don't swim off city beaches after a storm or heavy rain.
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...tip don't swim off city beaches after a storm or heavy rain.
But thats the best time to go surfing. Check out Lyall Bay after a storm. It cranks!
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