Signs down, water deemed safe for swimming

19:11, Jan 14 2014

After a brief health warning at Mission Bay last week, the popular swimming spot has been given the all clear.

Auckland Council's Safeswim picked up high levels of the enterococci bacteria in the water on Wednesday during a routine water quality test.

The failed test result surprised the council as wastewater and stormwater networks checks did not indicate a problem.

Council spokesman Glyn Walters says it may have been a one-off incident from an animal source, a boat dumping or a false positive.

Signs were erected which warned swimmers of the potential health risk but after further testing they were removed on Friday.

When the East & Bays Courier visited at about 3pm the sun was out, the bay was full and about 35 people were in the water cooling off.


Most beach goers spoken to were unaware of the previous health warning.

Pam Harkness says being told about the earlier results made her a bit wary but didn't put her off the bay completely.

"I was going to go for a good swim as far as the headland and back but I don't want to get sick.

"I might just go in and cool off now. I definitely won't drink the water."

Maria Kartseba also had no idea about the test results. She had been for a dip but hadn't noticed anything unusual.

"It seems like I'm not the only one who's been for a swim. It looks OK to me."

Bruce Morrison of Orakei had just been for a swim and wondered why there weren't as many swimmers as usual.

"I'm OK with it but it depends how bad the results were I suppose."

East And Bays Courier