Recreational Water Quality Monitoring
Marlborough has many beautiful beaches and rivers that are popular with visitors and local residents. Swimming, boating, surfing and fishing are only a few of the many water based recreational activities that take place in the region.
Accidental ingestion of water can result in illness when faecal bacteria concentrations in the water are high. To determine the risk to water users, Council takes weekly water samples from the most popular beaches during the summer months. The samples are analysed for indicator bacteria, E. coli for river water and Enterococci for samples from coastal beaches.