Unexpectedly positive test results for the indicator organism e-coli have come back this afternoon from water samples taken from the Hastings supply.
The water supply remains safe to drink given that chlorination was introduced to the supply on Thursday, says Hastings City Council chief executive Ross McLeod.
The results are “totally unexpected and unusual in Hastings” so further samples have been sent for testing.
The result, which is not cause for alarm because of the low levels detected and the chlorination, is being released to achieve complete transparency, he said.
"We have consistently had clear results in Hastings for a very long time, so we are double checking," Mr McLeod said.
"We reiterate that the water is safe for drinking because of the chlorine. It does not need boiling before drinking."
Council expects to have those further test results back tomorrow afternoon.
5 October 2017
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