As mother-nature unleashed rain upon the region, locals gathered to celebrate a newly-installed unchlorinated water station at Whakatu.

But those in attendance yesterday , while pleased a tap is now available, say the region's water supply should not be chlorinated in the first place.

The tap - Aqua Clear Whakatu, was installed by Stu and Karen Wilson outside their home on Station Rd, Whakatu in April.

The couple spent $30,000 drilling a pipe 34m into the ground to help set up a system to offer unchlorinated water for Whakatu folk.

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Napier mayoral candidate Kirsten Wise (left) and Aki Paipper at an unchlorinated water station on Station Rd, Whakatu. Photo / Ian Cooper
Napier mayoral candidate Kirsten Wise (left) and Aki Paipper at an unchlorinated water station on Station Rd, Whakatu. Photo / Ian Cooper

Karen Wilson said the response has been "amazing", with people

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