Water monitoring

Water sampling regime

The Far North District Council works with Northland Regional Council and Northland Health Ltd (DHB) to administer the Ministry for the Environment’s Microbiological Water Quality Guidelines for Marine and Freshwater Recreational Areas (2003).

This is done by carrying out a sampling regime at a number of coastal and fresh water locations across the district. Where high readings are found a health warning sign will be erected to advise the public of potential health risks of swimming, bathing and collection of shellfish. The sign will remain up until follow up sampling results come back clean.

Health warning signs

Where contamination is found we erect health hazard warning signs to advise the public against swimming, bathing and collection of shellfish. The sign remains in place until water sample readings have dropped to an acceptable level. These signs are uniformly used throughout Northland, which includes the Whangarei and Kaipara District Councils.

You can find out about current warnings and the dates and locations enforced on Northland Regional Council's website.