Water quality is tested regularly at several popular recreational water sites around the region during the summer period. The results from this monitoring are updated as soon as the data becomes available.
The decision about which sites get monitored is based on the risk of contamination by disease-causing organisms and the number of swimmers. Estimates of the numbers of people using over 50 of Tasman’s most popular river swimming holes and coastal beaches was collected during the 2010-11 summer. This information is also used for improving the management of facilities at particular Council reserves.
We sample sites on a two-yearly sampling cycle. One year all sites are sampled; the following year a reduced number of sites are tested. The reduced sampling plan includes the most popular beaches in the area - Lee River Reserve, Rabbit Island, Mapua, Kaiteriteri, Takaka River at Paynes Ford and Pohara.
Sites are sampled following Ministry for the Environment and Ministry of Health guidelines. Further information about why and how sampling is carried out is available from the Ministry for the Environment.
More detailed information can be found in the following end-of-season and summary reports.