Media release

Safe to swim at Otokia Creek, Brighton

Monday 15 January 2018

The latest Otago Regional Council (ORC) water quality samples taken from Otokia Creek, which runs into Brighton Beach, have shown low levels of bacteria and the creek is now safe to swim in.

Environmental Resource Scientist Rachel Ozanne said the samples taken on Thursday 11 January, showed levels of bacteria had returned to a suitable level for swimming. Government water quality guidelines for recreational swimming areas are that those with less than 260 E. coli/100 ml should be safe, whereas water with more than 550 E. coli/100ml poses a health risk.

Swim warning signage that had been placed at Otokia Creek has been removed this morning.

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:

Rachel Ozanne
ORC Manager Resource Science
Ph 0800 474 082

Communications contact

Sian Sutton
Director Stakeholder Engagement
Ph 0800 474082 or 027 575 1799