7 Jan 2019

Queenstown E coli: Lake cleared for swimming

12:37 pm on 7 January 2019

E coli levels in Lake Wakatipu have subsided.

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Lake Wakatipu near Queenstown is safe again for swimming. Photo: RNZ / Logan Church

The Queenstown Lakes District Council reported yesterday that tests had revealed elevated levels of the bacteria in the lake near Queenstown's town centre, and people were advised to avoid the water as a precaution.

Council chief engineer Ulrich Glasner said today that further testing had shown the area was again safe for swimming.

The council could not confirm the source of the contamination, but suggested weather played a part.