17 Jan 2020

Scientist warn heavy rain can make waterways unswimmable for days

From Summer Report, 8:51 am on 17 January 2020

This audio is not downloadable due to copyright restrictions.

For those of you still soaking in the sun and getting a late holiday dip, scientists are reminding people to check the water before they swim.

There are about 740 recreational swimming spots around the country.

Land Air and Water says for the most part, those rivers, lakes and beaches are safe to swim in this summer.

But it's spokesperson, scientist Anna Madarasz-Smith, told Leigh-Marama McLachlan that all of that can change quickly with wet weather.