Safeswim at St Marys Bay
Shortly a digital sign will be installed at St Marys Bay as part of a trial being organised by Auckland Council’s water quality and beach safety programme Safeswim, to provide forecasts and real-time advice on water quality and safety.
All users of St Marys Bay are encouraged to visit the Safeswim website to make sure they fully understand how the system works and what the different water quality forecasts mean for water-based activities. We also recommend that as an organiser of activities in the bay, you incorporate the Safeswim tool into your Health and Safety planning and ensure that your members and participants are aware they can access this water quality information, either online at www.safeswim.org.nz, or by checking the sign on arrival.
The Safeswim programme draws on the results of long term water monitoring, site-specific investigations, real-time sensors and modelling tools. It shows that after very small rain events the local combined sewer network can overflow, discharging diluted sewage to the bay. St Marys Bay is the focus of Auckland Council’s St Marys Bay - Masefield Beach Water Quality Improvement Project, an infrastructure project that aims to reduce flows of wastewater and sewage into St Marys Bay and the Waitemata itself.
Please be mindful that the Safeswim water quality forecasts will update every few hours in response to changes in weather forecasts and observed rainfall – so it is important to keep checking the site as you plan an event – right up to kickoff time.
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