Indicators at a glance - recreational water quality
This section summarises the latest Environmental Health Indicators about recreational water quality and water-borne disease in New Zealand.
Recreational water contaminated with pathogens (such as bacteria and viruses) can cause water-related diseases, particularly gastrointestinal illnesses. Animal manure and human sewage are the main sources of pathogens in New Zealand waterways .
Faecal matter from livestock can contaminate waterways through: (1) surface run-off of faecal matter into waterways, (2) livestock defecating directly into waterways, and (3) leaching into groundwater.
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