Media release

High levels of E. coli at Otokia Creek in Brighton

Friday 12 January 2018

Otago Regional Council (ORC) water quality samples taken from the Otokia Creek, which runs into Brighton Beach, have shown high levels of the bacteria E. coli.

ORC’s latest sampling showed E. coli levels at 667/100 ml. Government water quality guidelines for recreational swimming areas state that less than 260 E. coli/100ml should be safe, whereas water with more than 550 E. coli/100ml poses a health risk.

People considering swimming in the creek should hold off in the meantime, pending further testing. Signage advising against swimming in the creek was installed on Thursday. Dr Olsen said that Brighton Beach itself is considered safe for swimming, but advises people to avoid the area where the creek connects with the beach.

Otokia Creek is one of the 25 sites monitored by ORC on a weekly basis for bacteria levels.

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

For more information contact:

Dr Dean Olsen
Manager of Resource Science
Ph 0800 474 082 

Communications contact

Sian Sutton
Director Stakeholder Engagement

Ph 0800 474082 or 027 575 1799