South Taranaki District Council (STDC) environmental services group manager, Liam Dagg, has today issued a health warning for Waingongoro River Mouth.
“Routine sampling by the Taranaki Regional Council has found high levels of Escherichia coli (E.coli) at the Waingongoro River Mouth. Visitors to this area should not collect shellfish and plant life or come into contact with the water,” says Liam.
“Keep your pets away from the water too as they can also be affected,” he says.
The STDC has erected warning signs at the area.
Further water samples will be taken by the Taranaki Regional Council tomorrow and the warning signs will be removed when the levels are considered safe.