Monday 10 January 2022Media release2 minutes to read
Canterbury DHB’s Community and Public Health unit has lifted its algal bloom health warning issued along the Waikirikiri/Selwyn River at Chamberlains Ford. The original warning was issued on 16 December 2021.
Recent cyanobacteria surveys of the Waikirikiri/Selwyn River show the cover of potentially toxic algae (benthic cyanobacteria) in the river has reduced and it is now below levels that are of concern to public health.
Canterbury Medical Officer of Health Dr Ramon Pink says Environment Canterbury’s monitoring of the Waikirikiri/Selwyn River will continue to the end of this summer. It will then resume next summer when there is increased likelihood of cyanobacteria growth.
Facts about cyanobateria:
For further information visit: https://www.lawa.org.nz/explore-data/canterbury-region/
Or contact Community and Public Health on (03) 364 1777: https://www.cph.co.nz/your-health/recreational-water/
For more information about Mahinga Kai: https://www.cph.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/saf0112.pdf
Page last updated: 16 June 2022
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