Recreational water users are urged to keep their feet dry during Alert Level 4
Environment Canterbury is asking you to follow Governmental advice to keep clear of water (for swimming boating or other recreational uses), during Alert Level 4.
This is to keep volunteers and recreational users safe, and emergency services free.
Alongside this, the recreational water quality monitoring season is now over and Ecan are focussed on delivering other essential services.
Land, Air, Water Aotearoa's (LAWA)(external link) website provides historical recreational water quality results and overall bacterial grades.
It’s really easy to find out before you head out. During summer, Environment Canterbury regularly monitors the water quality at more than 100 of our region’s favourite rivers, streams and beaches. This helps us to assess conditions, trends and public health risks. The grades are based on guidelines established by the Ministry for the Environment and the Ministry of Health.
(external link)Land, Air, Water Aotearoa's (LAWA) online guide for water quality
Land, Air, Water Aotearoa's (LAWA)(external link) has a comprehensive online guide to help you know where’s good to swim. The site is updated weekly through summer, generally within 24 to 48 hours of sampling and just before the weekend.
Sites graded very good, good and fair are considered suitable for contact recreation such as swimming and kayaking. Those that are graded good or fair may not be suitable at times — for example, after heavy rainfall.
Find out where is safe to swim in Canterbury
Can I swim here?
Check out the water quality at some of Canterbury's popular swimming sites.