Keeping Dual Water Safe

Precautionary Boil Water Notice: Norsewood & Pongaroa Water Supplies

Council is taking a proactive approach with water supply management due to the current dry weather.  As water tank volumes reduce the risk of contamination increases, particularly in tanks that have not been cleaned recently.  This also applies to the roofs and gutters of houses and/or sheds that collect rain water.

A guide on ‘Water collection tanks and safe household water’ is available, click here to download.

Tararua District Council has issued a precautionary boil water notice for the Norsewood and Pongaroa water supplies. This is a precautionary notice only; no adverse test results have been received. 

Until otherwise notified, you are advised to boil water before using it for:

  • drinking (including making of sachet juice/drinks);
  • making ice;
  • food preparation;
  • brushing teeth; and
  • preparing infant/toddler formula.

While the notice only relates to the supplies in Norsewood and Pongaroa, it is a timely reminder to other people in the district on tank water that reduced water volumes may increase the risk of contamination.

Boiled water should be covered and allowed to cool in the same container. Electric jugs with a cut-off switch can be used as long as they are full. Ensure to allow the water to come to the boil and wait for it to switch off; do not hold the switch down to increase the boiling time. Water can also be placed a clean metal pan and brought to a rolling boil for one minute.

If you have specific health concerns, consult your doctor or Healthline on 0800 611 116.

People with severely compromised immune systems, infants, pregnant women, and some elderly may be at increased risk. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.

If you have other houses or tenants on your property, please advise them of the contents of this notice.

Information will be regularly updated on our website and Facebook page. For more information contact:

Tararua District Council
06 374 4080 or 06 376 0110

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