Pouhokio Stream at Waimarama Beach Reserve

Waimarama, Hawkes Bay
Managed by Swim Guide NZ

The Puhokio Stream crosses Waimarama Beach and discharges into the estuary created by the April 2011 storm. This can be a popular place for small children to paddle but can have poorer water quality in warmer weather.

This stream is monitored fortnightly as historical water quality sampling has indicated it can have poor water quality. Generally speaking, there is a high risk of this stream not being suitable for swimming on any given day.

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is essential right now. Follow the advice of the health experts. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Heading to the beach should only be considered an option if social distancing practices can be followed. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter the efforts to curb the virus’ spread.

For more information, please visit the World Health Organization public resource on COVID-19.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time

  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on March 7th, 2021. Swim Guide NZ updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on March 7th, 2021 at 1:50 PM.
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Monitoring Frequency

Pouhokio Stream at Waimarama Beach Reserve is sampled weekly from November 1st to March 31st.

Source Information

Hawkes Bay Regional Council monitors water quality at popular swimming spots throughout the Hawkes Bay region.

Water quality data on Swim Guide is sourced from the LAWA Can I Swim Here? website. www.lawa.org.nz/swim

At this site, water is regularly tested for levels of E. coli during the summer months. This faecal indicator bacteria is used to indicate the level of harmful pathogens in the water.

See information on recreational water quality monitoring in New Zealand in the LAWA factsheet: https://www.lawa.org.nz/learn/factsheets/coastal-and-freshwater-recreation-monitoring/

Beach sites are shown as a GREEN swim icon if the latest E. coli test result was in the range of 0 - 550 E. coli / 100 mL.

Beach sites are shown as a RED swim icon if the latest test result exceeded 550 E. coli / 100 mL or if this site frequently exceeds the standard or there is a temporary water quality issue outside the routine testing programme (e.g. sewage overflow).

See information on the standards for recreational water quality monitoring in New Zealand in the 'What do the swim icons mean?' LAWA factsheet.

LAWA recommends for all sites, to avoid swimming for 2 - 3 days after significant rain, even for sites that normally have good water quality.

A good rule of thumb is to check that you can see your toes in knee deep water.

See www.lawa.org.nz/swim for up to date information on current warnings and alerts, weather conditions, real-time water temperature and flow rates, and what facilities are available, the monitoring history at this site and helpful factsheets.

Water Quality Graph

Pouhokio Stream at Waimarama Beach Reserve

Waimarama, Hawkes Bay
Managed by Swim Guide NZ

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is essential right now. Follow the advice of the health experts. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Heading to the beach should only be considered an option if social distancing practices can be followed. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter the efforts to curb the virus’ spread.

For more information, please visit the World Health Organization public resource on COVID-19.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on March 7th, 2021. Swim Guide NZ updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on March 7th, 2021 at 1:50 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  

The Puhokio Stream crosses Waimarama Beach and discharges into the estuary created by the April 2011 storm. This can be a popular place for small children to paddle but can have poorer water quality in warmer weather.

This stream is monitored fortnightly as historical water quality sampling has indicated it can have poor water quality. Generally speaking, there is a high risk of this stream not being suitable for swimming on any given day.

Monitoring Frequency

Pouhokio Stream at Waimarama Beach Reserve is sampled weekly from November 1st to March 31st.

Source Information

Hawkes Bay Regional Council monitors water quality at popular swimming spots throughout the Hawkes Bay region.

Water quality data on Swim Guide is sourced from the LAWA Can I Swim Here? website. www.lawa.org.nz/swim

At this site, water is regularly tested for levels of E. coli during the summer months. This faecal indicator bacteria is used to indicate the level of harmful pathogens in the water.

See information on recreational water quality monitoring in New Zealand in the LAWA factsheet: https://www.lawa.org.nz/learn/factsheets/coastal-and-freshwater-recreation-monitoring/

Beach sites are shown as a GREEN swim icon if the latest E. coli test result was in the range of 0 - 550 E. coli / 100 mL.

Beach sites are shown as a RED swim icon if the latest test result exceeded 550 E. coli / 100 mL or if this site frequently exceeds the standard or there is a temporary water quality issue outside the routine testing programme (e.g. sewage overflow).

See information on the standards for recreational water quality monitoring in New Zealand in the 'What do the swim icons mean?' LAWA factsheet.

LAWA recommends for all sites, to avoid swimming for 2 - 3 days after significant rain, even for sites that normally have good water quality.

A good rule of thumb is to check that you can see your toes in knee deep water.

See www.lawa.org.nz/swim for up to date information on current warnings and alerts, weather conditions, real-time water temperature and flow rates, and what facilities are available, the monitoring history at this site and helpful factsheets.

Water Quality Graph

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