Popular waterfall swimming spot is forced to close after filling up with POO – and it smells so bad locals won’t go near it
- Animal and human faeces have stunk up a popular waterfall in New Zealand
- The increase in E.coli has forced the The Waitangi Falls to close during summer
- Residents of Waiuku have described the stench as ‘absolutely horrifying’
- Local council have reassured residents they are now investigating the incident
A popular swimming spot in New Zealand has been forced to shut down after E.coli was found in the water.
E.coli, otherwise known as faeces, has filled up Waitangi Falls at Waiuku in South Auckland for the last week.
Locals described the smell coming from the popular waterfall as ‘absolutely horrifying’.
The Waitangi Falls have been forced to close after human and animal faeces were discovered seven days ago (pictured)
Waiuku resident Dorothy Hoskins usually takes her grandchildren to the waterfall, but said she’s now heartbroken to see the swimming spot polluted.
‘We need action. Seven days have gone now, seven days of literally s**t pouring into the Manukau Harbour’, she told NewsHub.
Ms Hoskins said the council needs to act now, as people live and fish near the polluted waters.
Auckland Council have reassured residents that the cause for the pollution is now under investigation.
Animal and human faeces has been found at The Waitangi Falls in New Zealand (pictured), forcing the popular swimming destination to close
The polluted waters contaminated with E.coli (pictured) were first discovered by residents seven days ago, forcing the popular swimming spot to close for the summer
‘Council’s pollution response team is monitoring levels and will continue to do so until water quality is back to normal’.
The disgusting discovery comes after residents were told to avoid more than 50 other beaches in Auckland for similar reasons.
E.coli is a bacteria that can cause diarrhoea, vomiting and stomach cramps usually three to four days after being exposed to contaminated water or food.
Auckland Council has reassured residents that the cause for the pollution at the popular Waitangi Falls (pictured) is now under investigation
WHAT IS E. COLI AND WHY IS IT DANGEROUS?
E. coli (Escherichia coli) are bacteria that generally live in the intestines of healthy people and animals.
Infections can occur after coming into contact with the faeces of humans or animals, or by eating contaminated food or drinking contaminated water.
Symptoms of an E.coli infection include bloody diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea and vomiting.
In rare cases, sufferers can develop a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).
This is a condition in which there is an abnormal destruction of blood platelets and red blood cells.
According to the Mayo Clinic, the damaged blood cells can clog the kidney’s filtering system, resulting in life-threatening kidney failure.
No treatment currently exists to treat these infections. They usually disappear within one week, but medical professionals recommend resting and drinking fluids to help prevent dehydration and fatigue.