Recreational water use survey

Recreational water users in Southland are being surveyed to establish where they swim, boat and collect seafood – and whether they believe water quality is better or worse than in previous years.

The survey by Environment Southland and members of the Recreational Bathing Group (including Southland District Council, Public Health South, Invercargill City Council and Te Ao Marama Incorporated) runs from today (Monday, February 2) and the end of March.

Environment Southland monitors 13 marine recreational water sites and seven freshwater sites, with results available on the Environment Southland website and also on
posters around the region. The sites are tested for the presence of bacteria which may cause illness.

Coastal scientist Nick Ward notes: “We want to be sure that the sites we currently monitor for water quality are in the correct areas and best represent the locations where people are using the water for recreation. We are keen to tap into the extensive knowledge and experience of recreational water users, those who participate in organised water-based clubs and competitive sports and those who gather food from waterways.”

How to make your views known:

  • Online: visit
  • Pick up a form: they are available at Southland District Council and Invercargill City Council service centres, Public Health South and Environment Southland.