Buller District Council

Media Release – Boil Water Notices for Unchlorinated Supplies

27th March, 2020

As a precautionary measure to enhance good community health, Council has responsibly decided to instate Boil Water Notices for all the district’s unchlorinated drinking water supplies.

Precautionary Boil Water Notices were issued for Inangahua Junction and Punakaiki yesterday. The existing Precautionary Boil Water Notice for Reefton also remains in effect. Westport and Carters Beach are excluded since that supply is both treated and chlorinated.

Group Manager Infrastructure Services, Mike Duff says “There is no cause for alarm, and I want to reassure consumers that this is precautionary only. There have been no transgressions or public health issues with any of these supplies. It is an appropriate measure to ensure we are doing everything possible to keep our communities healthy”.

Council’s routine testing continues to show that the water is safe and compliant with drinking water standards. However, there can be a time delay from when a test sample is taken to confirmation of a positive result. Without residual disinfectant such a chlorine in the network, recontamination can create an exposure window. The best way to close this exposure window is to boil the water.

Waimangaroa, Ngakawau-Hector, Mokihinui and Little Wanganui water supplies remain on Permanent Boil Water Notice and adherence is strongly advised since they are untreated supplies.

“Prevention is always better than cure, especially in these times. We can take pressure off our health system by effectively managing all avoidable risks. With the right advice, we feel confident our communities will do their part”.

Further guidance information on boiling water can be found on Council’s website. Refer link: www.bullerdc.govt.nz/water/


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