During summer, we regularly monitor the water quality at more than 100 popular swim spots in Waitaha. We check for faecal contamination and toxic algae (cyanobacteria).

Find out more about where's good to swim, our monitoring programme, health warnings and toxic algae.

Check LAWA for water quality

LAWA logoVisit Can I Swim Here? section on the LAWA website to find where’s good to swim on more than 100 swimming spots around Waitaha/Canterbury, as well as sites all around Aotearoa.

The site is updated weekly through summer, generally within two days of sampling. As water quality can change, it’s best to check the LAWA website for up-to-date information before heading out.