16 Feb 2011

Health warning lifted at Canterbury beaches

6:05 pm on 16 February 2011

The Canterbury District Health Board says it is now safe to swim at two popular holiday spots following a health warning issued on Friday.

Akaroa Main Beach and Glen Bay were declared unsuitable for recreational use after routine tests revealed high levels of faecal bacteria in the water.

It is not known what caused the contamination, but the Canterbury Regional Council says land and storm water runoff may have contributed.

Further tests show levels are now below safety guidelines.