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Written by Eleanor Woods, Northern Advocate   
Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Sahlee Olsen picks pipis a short distance from an "unsafe" area. Picture/John Stone

A raft of coastal swimming spots have been deemed "unsafe" by the Northland Regional Council - but the public knows nothing about it.

The NRC tests beach water for 12 weeks over summer for pollutants that could affect health, emailing the results to the district councils and Northland District Health Board every Friday.

The district councils then act upon the results, issuing public health warnings if necessary.

The Whangarei District Council overlooked last Friday's results and had failed to act on six polluted swimming spots on the Tutukaka Coast five days after receiving them.

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