Precautionary Boil Water Notice in Eketahuna
A precautionary boil water notice is in place for Eketāhuna. Turbidity levels from the Makakahi River are higher than the water treatment plant can treat to meet NZ Drinking Water Standards. No E-Coli has been detected in Eketāhuna's water supply but we cannot guarantee the complete disinfection of contaminants.
The water is being continuously monitored by Taumata Arowai so that we can commence our three days testing regime as soon as possible.
Council acknowledges the frustration to residents this will cause and we apologise for this. Our number one priority is protecting your health.
We will provide an update for you on 11 April.
Until notified, Eketāhuna's 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. Please take the time to check your neighbours know of this precautionary notice.