Todd Muller welcomes water quality website

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Bay of Plenty residents can now check the water quality at their favourite beach before they go swimming this summer.

Over 30 Bay of Plenty sites are being monitored weekly throughout the summer, with the results available online at www.lawa.org.nz as part of an initiative between regional councils, Cawthron Institute, Ministry for the Environment and the Tindall Foundation.

“Many of our local families, water sport enthusiasts and fishermen will benefit from this easily accessible information,” says local MP Todd Muller.

Along the coast from Mount Maunganui Surf Club past Ōmanu Surf Club to Maketū Surf Club the conditions are excellent. Inside the Tauranga inlet the conditions vary between good and some caution required, particularly around Otumoetai Beach.

Currently, 86 per cent of beaches in New Zealand are recorded as being suitable or excellent for swimming.

The weekly updates, as well as a seasonal indicator, provide people with a good idea of the quality of water at their local holiday hotspot, before they head out to swim, surf and relax.