Media release

High levels of E. coli at Clifton Falls

Thursday 21 December 2017

Otago Regional Council (ORC) water quality samples taken from the Kakanui River at Clifton Falls have shown high levels of the bacteria E.Coli.

Government water quality guidelines for recreational swimming areas are that those with less than 260 E.coli/100ml should be safe, whereas water with more than 550 E.coli/100ml poses a health risk. ORC’s most recent sampling in the area showed E.coli levels at 687/100ml.

Signage advising against swimming in the area has been installed today. People considering swimming in the river should hold off in the meantime, pending further testing.

To find out more about the water quality at your local swimming site, contact  ORC or visit:

For more information contact:

Rachel Ozanne
Environmental Resource Scientist
Ph 0800 474 082

Communications contact

Sian Sutton
Director Stakeholder Engagement

Ph 0800 474082 or 027 575 1799