A precautionary boil water notice has been issued for Dannevirke after heavy rain caused dirty water.
The Tararua District Council said yesterday
The explanation given was that heavy rain had resulted in turbid (dirty) source water, to the point where the existing water treatment plant could not reduce the water turbidity to levels required by the NZ Drinking Water Standards.
No E.coli was detected in the water.
"This was a known risk and r
"Repairs to the impounded supply are expected to begin this week pending weather conditions."
The council apologised for the inconvenience and said a team was monitoring the water.
A further update will be provided later today
Until otherwise notified, Dannevirke residents should boil water before using it for:
• drinking (including making of sachet juice/drinks);
• making ice;
• food preparation;
• brushing teeth;
• 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. They 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.
Or contact Tararua District Council on (06) 374 4080 or (06) 376 0110.