47 days ago

Toxic algae in Otaki River.

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

Swimmers are being advised to stay out of the Otaki River from Hautere to the coast, due to toxic algae.
Dogs should be kept on leads away from the water, and children should be supervised.
If you have been in contact with toxic algae and are feeling unwell see you doctor or ring Healthline 0800 611 116. If you think your dog has swallowed toxic algae, take it to the nearest vet immediately.

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Water restrictions eased across the region

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Wellington’s sprinkler ban has been lifted– but with sporadic rain forecast for winter residents still need to avoid wasting water.
The restrictions were put in place for the Hutt Valley, South Wairarapa, Wellington city and Porirua in mid-February as water usage soared during the summer months.
From Tuesday, residents in Lower Hutt, Porirua and Wellington city can again use sprinklers and irrigation systems, Wellington Water said. In Upper Hutt and South Wairarapa people can do so every second day, as is usual.
Most of the Wellington region’s drinking water comes from rivers and the Waiwhetu aquifer under the Hutt Valley. River levels fell to 90 per cent before the sprinkler ban.
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