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‘Poo tracker’ might help keep you clean at polluted beaches

A government website has revealed just how much sewage pollution is harming New Zealand’s beaches.


The site, Safeswim, started up a month ago – and forecasts the safety of Auckland waterways.

Users of the site can choose which beach they want to go to, avoiding bad results from decades of pollution.

“It’s not a new problem. Stormwater has been causing wastewater overflows into our harbours for a century. However for a world-class city in the 21st century which is what Auckland aspires to be, this is no longer acceptable,” the New Zealand Herald quoted Auckland mayor Phil Goff as saying.

“Current planning and investment levels in our storm and wastewater systems mean poor water quality will persist for 30 years.”