Avoid swimming at beaches after heavy rain

Media Release: Auckland Council


Aucklanders are being reminded to avoid swimming at beaches across the region for up to 72 hours following severe rainfall.

Water quality samples taken from beaches across the city have shown high bacteria and turbidity counts, coinciding with heavy rainfall over the last 48 hours.

Auckland Council recommends beachgoers wait an extra day or two before swimming or undertaking recreational activities on the water. This is due to the potential public health risk.

Safeswim, the council’s monitoring programme, uses the following guides to determine potential public health risks at the beach:

  • two consecutive samples showing more than 280 enterococci per 100ml
  • one sample showing more than 1000 enterococci per 100ml

The Safeswim water monitoring season has now ended however Aucklanders can check historic water quality data on the Safeswim website.


Okahu Bay Urupa

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei and Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Reserves Board have imposed a three-day rahui on Okahu Bay, as floodwaters from their cemetery are cleared to the sea. This means people are being asked not to swim in the bay until Sunday, respecting the cultural sensitivity of water being removed from a burial ground and any water quality issues this may bring.