Waverley Boil Water Notice
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Routine tests have detected the bacteria Escherichia coli (known as e-coli) in the Waverley Water Supply, and investigations are now underway to find the source.
Residents are advised to boil all water used for drinking, brushing teeth or for food preparation until further notice.
Bringing water to the boil is enough to kill all bugs (however, we recommend boiling water for about 1 minute).
At this stage tests have indicated the water bores are clear of the bacteria.
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.
UPDATE Wednesday 31 May
We are continuing to test the water supply daily, and since Saturday the last three results have come back clear of any potentially harmful organisms.
However, in consultation with the Taranaki District Health Board (TDHB), the Boil Water Notice will remain in place until we are absolutely satisfied the water supply is safe to drink again.
In the meantime, we are doing the following:
Flushing the town’s reticulation (pipe) network
Isolating the town’s reservoir so the town is being supplied from our Swinbourne Street bore
Draining the town reservoir so we can clean and disinfect it, before refilling it. Once refilled, further test samples will be taken before switching back to the town supply
We will continue to take daily test samples from the bores, reticulation and reservoir.
How long will the Boil Water Notice be in place?
The Boil Water Notice will remain in place until the reservoir is cleaned (which should be completed by the weekend) and the towns water is deemed to be safe. It is hard to put a timeframe on it, but we expect the Boil Water Notice will need to remain in place over the long weekend at least. Once the Taranaki DHB is satisfied the supply is safe the Boil Water Notice will be lifted, we will let you know as soon as this happens.
Matt Parkinson, Taranaki DHB Drinking Water Assessor said, “Taranaki DHB has been working closely with the STDC to ensure all necessary actions are being taken to make the water supply safe .The Taranaki DHB is confident that STDC is doing all it can to rectify the situation as quickly and as safely as possible."
Free bottled water is available for residents at the Waverley LibraryPlus. Over the long weekend you can get free bottled water from the local 4 Square between 9am to 5pm.
UPDATE Monday 29 May
Just to let Waverley residents know that bottled water is available free from the Waverley LibraryPlus.
Council is currently conducting more tests and we will keep the Boil Water Notice on until we have received a minimum of three consecutive clear results. In the meantime bringing water to the boil is enough to kill all bugs however, we recommend boiling water for about 1 minute. Checkout this pamphlet for more Q and A.
Anyone showing symptoms of diarrhoea, vomiting and/or a fever should contact their doctor.
Please share this information with neighbours, family and friends. Thank you.
UPDATE Sunday 28 May
Waverley residents asked to boil water
Residents of Waverley Township were advised on Saturday to boil all water used for drinking, brushing teeth and food preparation after routine tests detected the bacteria Escherichia coli (known as e-coli) in the town water supply.
South Taranaki District Council (STDC) group manager of engineering services, Brent Manning, says council was notified of the test result on Saturday morning and by late afternoon council staff had door knocked the entire township advising residents.
Mr Manning says the boil water notice is a precautionary measure while further tests are being carried out but the Council wanted to be safe rather than sorry.
“We have subsequently received further test results late on Sunday afternoon which came back clear of any e-coli, however we will keep the boil water notice on until we have several consecutive clear results so we can be absolutely sure,” says Manning.
“Bringing water to the boil is enough to kill all bugs however, we recommend boiling water for about 1 minute. 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,” he says.
“Water can also be placed a clean metal pan and brought to a rolling boil for one minute, then should be covered and allowed to cool in the same container.”
Council is in regular contact with the Taranaki District Health Board and is taking advice for these precautionary measures. Anyone showing symptoms of diarrhoea, vomiting and/or a fever should contact their doctor as soon as possible.
Mr Manning says the boil water notice will remain in place until further testing and an investigation is completed.