Forget your stupid rail loop, we want beaches we can swim at

Phil Goff needs to start actually doing something as Mayor of Auckland, instead of banging on about rail loops, light rail to the airport and other superfluous and useless projects sucking up plenty of ratepayer and government cash.

We’d actually like to be able to swim at our beaches, thanks…do you think you can fix that?

The Auckland leg of a national ocean swim race is being relocated this summer because of poor water quality at its North Shore beach home.

This announcement is the latest in a series of growing concerns regarding Auckland’s water quality.   

King of the Bays, the last of the Banana Boat New Zealand Ocean Swim Series, is moving to Devonport after 14 years being hosted at Takapuna.

Event organisers said they have been compelled to relocate because of frequent water quality issues at Takapuna and Milford beaches over the last few months.

Event Director Scott Rice, said in a media release that he refuses to compromise swimmer safety despite locations holding special memories for over 10,000 swimmers.

“It’s really disappointing to have to move after 14 years, but it’s something we felt we had to do,” Rice said.

“Our decision is aligned with the fact that we are passionate about creating a safe, fun, sustainable environment for our participants.”

No one wants to swim in shit.

Frequent ‘red readings’ on Auckland Council’s SafeSwim website for Milford and Takapuna beaches, following persistent rain, now rule out the locations as a totally safe option for swimmers.

Auckland Council’s SafeSwim uses a sophisticated forecasting model, based on intensive testing, to alert the public to the state of the water quality.

Concerns around Auckland’s beaches are also being fuelled by an increase in waterborne illnesses, such as cryptosporidium, in the Waitematā Harbour.

Cryptosporidium causes diarrhoea and nausea.

Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) said that it was notified of 36 cases of cryptosporidium this summer (December 1, 2017 to February 28, 2018).

This is compared to the previous year of only 20.

For the whole Auckland region, ARPHS has received 129 notifications for this summer, more than double the previous summer number of 57.

 

Given a choice of  light rail to the airport or clean beaches I bet most Aucklanders would choose clean beaches.

 

-Fairfax


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