Precautionary Boil Water Notice Eketāhuna
Published 17 May 2022
Precautionary Boil Water Notice – Eketāhuna
Eketāhuna Water Supply, 17 May 2022
Council has issued a precautionary boil water notice for the Eketāhuna Water Supply.
Rain over the past weekend resulted in the Makakahi River having high turbidity levels, exceeding what the current water treatment plant can treat while meeting the NZ Drinking Water Standards. Stored water in the treated water reservoir has been used during this time however, with the stored water level reducing and further rain forecast, the water treatment plant to be turned back on shortly to supply more water to the reservoir and town.
Water supplied is treated, and this is a precautionary boil water notice due to the risk that we cannot guarantee the elimination of contaminants because of the turbidity level and associated impacts on the UV disinfection process. No E.coli has been detected in Eketāhuna’s water.
As required by the NZ Drinking Water Standards, Council must obtain three consecutive days of clear tests once the water is compliant with the NZ Drinking Water Standards before the notice can be lifted.
Staff are currently working to establish a temporary tank with clean water, for those who would like to utilise this rather than boiling their water. Further information will be posted on Council’s Facebook page regarding this once it is set up for use.
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 by the end of June this year.
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.