Salinity issues at Whakatane River

Forecasted king tides, are expected to increase salinity issues at Whakatane's water treatment plant.

The news comes on the back of what Whakatane Council has described as it's first signs of salt water intrusion on Sunday.

Council public affairs manager Ross Boreham says precautions are in place.

In the meantime residents are being encouraged to keep up water conservation efforts.

Sam Gardner