New-Style Water Quality Signs Coming to More Sites

14 June 2017

A new style of recreational water quality sign is being rolled out across New Plymouth District.

Nine more sites will receive a version of the one trialled at Waitara’s Marine Park since December last year, which generated positive public feedback.

“As a result of that feedback we’ve made some slight changes to the design but, overall, people find this style of sign informative and easy to understand,” says Infrastructure Manager David Langford.

The large signs will replace various smaller ones so that the key information about water quality and any warnings against swimming or collecting shellfish are all in the one place.

The design includes a ‘traffic light’ system to mark any warnings. On the marine signs the warnings are:

  • Green – no health warnings.
  • Orange – no shellfish gathering.
  • Red – no swimming or shellfish gathering.

On the freshwater signs the warnings are:

  • Green – no health warnings.
  • Orange – no swimming or food gathering.
  • Red – no dogs or swimming.

The district councils use Taranaki Regional Council’s monitoring and national health guidelines to notify the public if the water quality of a site becomes unsuitable for swimming and other water-based recreational activities.

The signs have been developed through a collaboration involving hapu, the Taranaki District Health Board, Taranaki Regional Council and the three district councils in New Plymouth, Stratford and South Taranaki.

The latest information about water quality is also on the district councils’ websites, including a map of the region that displays the information for each site where water quality is tested.