Precautionary Boil water notice issued for Pongaroa

Published 16 Feb 2023

Tararua District Council has issued a precautionary boil water notice for the Pongaroa water supply due to Cyclone Gabrielle rainfall. This has caused high turbidity levels at the infiltration gallery meaning effective chlorination cannot be conducted and NZ Drinking Water Standards cannot be met.

Until notified, Pongaroa 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.

Residents that have other houses or have tenants on their property are requested to advise them that a precautionary Boil Water Notice has been issued.

Residents are also asked to conserve water where possible.