Had’nt seen a sign down mackys so did abit of checking ……
Unsafe Recreational Water Quality at Waimakariri River
Thursday, 10 February 2011, 10:40 am
Press Release: Canterbury District Health Board
February, 10, 2011
Health Warning – Unsafe Recreational Water Quality at Waimakariri River
The Community and Public Health division of Canterbury District Health Board has issued a health warning after high levels of faecal bacteria were found in consecutive samples taken from the Waimakariri River at the boat ramp.
“Water quality at affected sites is not considered suitable for recreational uses, including swimming because of the risk to health from the bacteria and other pathogens. Eating fish or shellfish from these sites should also be avoided.”
Water contaminated by human or animal faecal matter may contain a range of disease causing micro-organisms such as viruses, bacteria and protozoa.
“In most cases the ill-health effects from exposure to contaminated water are minor and short-lived. However, there is the potential for more serious diseases, such as hepatitis A, giardia, cryptosporosis, campylobacter and salmonella,” Dr Humphrey says
Was no bloody sign warning of this down mackys……