Can I swim?

How do I find out if it is safe to swim at my favourite swimming spot?

The health status of sites monitored by the Taranaki Regional Council is determined by the District Councils according to national guidelines and the results of our monitoring.

You can check the New Plymouth District Council, Stratford District Council or South Taranaki District Council websites at the links below for more detail on recreational water quality in your area.

New Plymouth District Council

Stratford District Council

South Taranaki District Council


Don't swim after rain
Water quality in our rivers and at our beaches is generally pretty good over summer, except in poor weather conditions. Heavy rain flushes contaminants from urban and rural land into waterways and we strongly advise you not to swim for at least three days after heavy or prolonged rainfall – even if a site generally has good water quality.