Faecal contamination at swimming hole

Last updated 15:21 25/03/2014

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A Wainuiomata swimming hole is off limits after it was found to be contaminated with a ''mixture of both human and animal faeces''.

Councils and health authorities have urged people to steer clear of the Wainuiomata River swimming hole at Richard Prouse Park because of levels of E. coli bacteria found in that part of the river.

Hutt City Council manager for environmental inspections John Pepper said specialist testing had shown the Wainuiomata Stream which drains the Moores Valley area is likely to be the main source of contamination.

"The tests have shown that the pollution is a mixture of both human and animal faeces.

"We are working with Greater Wellington Regional Council to investigate sources of the contamination in the Moores Valley area including septic tank discharges and stock access to streams.''

Warning signs have been in place since early March, and those ignoring them could fall ill with tummy upsets and skin, eye, ear, nose or throat infections.

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- The Dominion Post

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