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Recreational water includes any water that people come into contact with when enjoying water activities such as swimming and kayaking.  
Water can be contaminated by toxic algae or faeces.  This can lead to people getting sick from swimming in or drinking the water. 
Public Health reviews Regional Council test results for recreational water quality. We will release a public health warning if bacteria or toxins are present in levels high enough that contact with the water could be unsafe. 
Public Health offers:
• Advice to the public and district and regional councils on health risks for water used for recreational purposes including public swimming pools
• Investigation of any outbreaks of a notifiable disease linked to recreational water use
• Public Health warnings should recreational water contact be determined to be a health risk.
Contact: 06 350 9110

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