Eketāhuna Precautionary Boil Water Notice Extended

The Precautionary boil water notice for the Eketāhuna Water Supply has been extended.

Tararua District Council would like to advise that the precautionary Boil Water Notice for Eketāhuna will be extended until at least Monday, 14 February 2022, with further significant rain forecast for the upcoming weekend.

As required by New Zealand Drinking Water Standards, Council must obtain 3 consecutive days of clear water tests and this has also not yet been achieved.

Our teams will continue to sample over the coming days but the requirement for 3 days consecutive clear water tests will not be achieved until next week (likely to be at least Wednesday 16 February).

The Precautionary Boil Water Notice was issued on 07 February 2022 due to continuous rain which resulted in high turbidity levels in the Makakahi River.

We will provide an update on the Precautionary Boil Water Notice on Monday, 14 February 2022.

This is a precautionary boil water notice only due to the turbidity of the water and the risk that we cannot guarantee the elimination of contaminants. No E.coli has been detected in the water supply.

Council is currently upgrading the water treatment plant which will reduce the risk of reoccurrence in the future. This project is planned to be completed in April.

Council would like to extend a sincere thank you to all residents in Eketāhuna for their cooperation and patience while this issue is being resolved. We appreciate your help to spread the word to those not connected to the internet.

Until notified, Eketāhuna residents 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.

Electric jugs with a cut-off switch can be used as long as they are full – 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 in a clean metal pan and brought to a rolling boil for one minute. Boiled water should be covered and allowed to cool in the same container.

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 specific health concerns, consult your doctor or Healthline 0800 611 116.

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

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Tararua District Council directly on: 06 374 4080 or 06 376 0110.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Tararua District Council directly on:

06 374 4080 or 06 376 0110