Residents in Waimarama are being told to boil their water before drinking it, after water tests today showed low levels of E coli in the public supply.
Residents in the coastal town in Hawke’s Bay who take their water from the town supply should boil the water before using it for drinking, cleaning teeth, making ice, washing dishes and preparing food, until further notice, said Council’s asset manager Craig Thew.
“Boiling water in an electric kettle kills bacteria and other organisms in it. The kettle only needs to be boiled once for one minute. Please follow this advice to avoid gastroenteritis (diarrhoea and vomiting) and other serious illnesses. If you are using a saucepan to boil the water up, then heating it to a rolling boil will be sufficient, before taking it off the heat and allowing to cool naturally.”
The message has gone out to residents by a variety of mediums including mainstream media, social media and the use of the ‘stinger’ going street to street in the township announcing the Boil Water status.
Council staff are working to discover the source of the contamination and will keep the residents informed of progress.
Waimarama Water Supply
Boil your drinking water
[2:40pm, 18 February 2017]
Boil your tap water before drinking
Routine water monitoring results on 18 February found low levels of E coli. Because of that, the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board and Hastings District Council are instructing residents and businesses in the affected area that they must boil their water until further notice.
Residents in Waimarama are advised they need to use boiled tap water or store-bought bottled water for drinking, cleaning teeth, making ice, washing dishes and preparing food until further notice.
Boiling water will kill all disease-causing organisms. Place the water in a clean metal pan and bring to a rolling boil for one 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 switch off. Do not hold the switch down to increase the boiling time. Boiling water should be covered and allowed to cool in the same container. The taste will improve if allowed to stand for a few hours before use.
The supply is also being chlorinated but it is important that the water used for drinking cleaning teeth, making ice, washing dishes and preparing food is brought to a rolling boil before using.
This boil water notice applies to all residents using the town water supplies in the township of Waimarama.
Updates to this notice will be provided via media, the HDC web page: www.hastingsdc.govt.nz/ and via Hastings District Council’s Facebook page. Alternatively phone Hastings District Council on 06 871 5000. Updates will be provided on the website.
Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in holiday homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by talking to your neighbours, posting this notice in a public place, or distributing copies by hand.
Contact Council phone (06) 871 5000
Health related questions can be addressed to the health board: phone healthline on: 0800 611 116
4 October 2017
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