Eketāhuna Precautionary Boil Water Notice – Update

Eketāhuna Water Supply – Update 21-02-2022
Following rain over the weekend, turbidity levels in the Makakahi River have unfortunately increased again. This means that the required 3 days of clear water tests have to be restarted. As required by New Zealand Drinking Water Standards, Council must obtain 3 consecutive days of clear water tests.
The water is still too turbid to start the water tests today however we are hopeful that our teams can start the water sampling tests tomorrow (Tuesday, 22 February 2022). If so, the third test results will be due on Friday and we will provide an update on the results then.
Water quality testing was undertaken over the weekend (Saturday, 19 February and Sunday 20 February) and while we are still awaiting Sunday’s results, no E.coli has been detected in the water supply from any tests undertaken so far.
The current precautionary boil water notice was issued on 07 February 2022 due to the turbidity of the water impacting UV, and the risk that we cannot guarantee the elimination of contaminants.
Council would like to extend a sincere thank you to all residents in Eketāhuna for their understanding, 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