Number of days that monitored river sites reached 'action' level warnings in the Timaru District, New Zealand
Oct 2015–Apr 2016
Data provided by
Canterbury Water Quality Monitoring for Contact Recreation: Monitored sites in the Timaru District 2015-2016 season (f)
How to find the data
At URL provided, find the PDF report under 'Annual Reporting'. This data was manually collated from the report and only refers to the Timaru District subset.
Import & extraction details
From the dataset Canterbury Water Quality Monitoring for Contact Recreation: Monitored sites in the Timaru District 2015-2016 season (f), this data was extracted:
- Sheet: Sheet1
- Provided: 45 data points
This data forms the table Environment - River water quality at selected sites in the Timaru District 2015/16 season.
Purpose of collection
Lakes, rivers and coastal bays and beaches are used by many people, particularly in the summer months, for swimming and other water based recreational activities. The water
quality at the sites can influence human health and therefore microbial water quality and cyanobacteria monitoring is undertaken at high use sites. This monitoring is carried out over the summer months to provide information on the health risk from contact recreation, i.e.
suitability of sites for recreation. The data collected along with the grading of sites and warning information allows people to make informed decisions about where, when and how to use the sea, lakes and rivers for swimming and other recreational activities.
Method of collection/Data provider
The quantity of cyanobacteria at river sites is assessed weekly at the microbial water quality sites and at sites known to have blooms.