. . . Council director of engineering, hazards and science Gavin Palmer says staff have tracked the river through nearby farms looking for the source of the contamination but haven’t found any cause of the e.coli.
Further inspections and water quality testing are planned this week. . .
Cows are usually the first to be blamed for poor water quality and sometimes there is just cause for that, but that’s not always the case.
High levels of E.coli in the Kakanui River last summer were blamed on cattle but it turned out the culprits were seagulls.
A large colony nesting upriver from popular swimming spots – and the intake for the water scheme which supplies the district’s homes – was fouling the water.
But because some are a protected species no action was taken.