Notice to Boil Water for Patea

Notice to Boil Water for Patea

Monday, March 28, 2016

Update Friday 1 April 3.26pm

After three consecutive clear tests, the boil water notice for the Patea Water Supply has now been lifted.

This means you don’t need to boil your water anymore.

Council has been advised by the Taranaki District Health Board to continue chlorinating the water supply for the time being. You will notice a difference in the taste and odour over the next week or two as the chlorine runs through the system.

Chilling the water in your fridge can reduce the taste of chlorine.

Bottled water will still be available from Patea LibraryPlus tomorrow (between 9.30am – 12noon).

Council is continuing inspections of both reservoirs to try and identify where the problem occurred to prevent this from happening in the future.

Thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter.

Update Wednesday 30 March 3.01pm

Early indications show that the supply is improving.

However, before we remove the boil water notice we want to be absolutely certain that it is safe to drink and therefore recommend residents continue to boil (for about 1 minute) water used for drinking, brushing teeth or for food preparation.

We expect to be able to lift the boil water notice early next week.

From tomorrow, bottled drinking water will be available at Patea LibraryPlus for Patea residents.

The Council has been chlorinating the supply to kill all bugs. You will notice a difference in the taste and odour over the next week or two. Chilling the water in your fridge can reduce the chlorine taste.

Presently staff are draining one reservoir so staff can give it a thorough internal inspection and cleaning. Fortunately with two reservoirs in town, we can drain and inspect one without too much disruption to the town’s water supply.

Regular updates are being posted on the Council’s website www.southtaranaki.com and also on the Facebook Page (search ‘South Taranaki District Council’). Please ring 0800 111 323 if you have any questions.

We will let you know as soon as the boil water notice can be lifted.

Update Tuesday 29 March 5:28pm

The bores, which supply the town’s water, have been tested and they are clear and secure (i.e. there is no E-coli in the bores).

Further tests have been carried out today, however we won’t get the results of these until Thursday.

Chlorination of the water supply started yesterday and will continue through the week and possibly into next week. We are also flushing the pipe network.

We expect to be able to remove the ‘boil water notice’ before the weekend at least. We will continue to review this on a daily basis.

Staff continue to investigate the likely source of the E coli.

Please Boil Water

Monday 28 March 2016

Routine tests have detected the bacteria Escherichia coli (known as e-coli) in the Patea Water Supply, and investigations are now underway to find the source.

Bringing water to the boil is enough to kill all bugs (however, we recommend boiling water for about 1 minute).

Residents are advised to boil all water used for drinking, brushing teeth or for food preparationuntil further notice.

The Council has started chlorinating the supply to kill all bugs. You will notice a difference in the taste and odour over the next couple of days.

Chilling the water in your fridge can reduce the chlorine taste.

As a precaution, your water still needs to be boiled even if the smell or taste of chlorine is present.

Anyone showing symptoms of sickness should visit their doctor as soon as possible.

Council is in regular contact with the Taranaki District Health Board and is taking advice for these precautionary measures.

Further information and updates will be provided on Council’s website, www.southtaranaki.com or alternatively contact us on 0800 111 323.

Peter Cook

Water Supply Manager

South Taranaki District Council