Following the comments made by Medical Officer of Health Alistair Humphrey concerning high nitrate levels in rural drinking water supplies, Ashburton District Council would like to again reassure the public that Council drinking water supplies are safe.
Council Environmental Monitoring Manager Rick Catchpowle says "The issues being referred to by the Medical Officer of Health concern only that drinking water supplied from private wells,"
Mr Catchpowle says the Council has a water testing programme in place to ensure drinking water meets the required standards, with the most recent nitrate tests completed earlier this month.
"Water from all Council supplies is safe and does not contain levels of nitrates that would give any cause for concern," he said.
Nitrate levels in Council water supplies have always been well below NZ Drinking Water Standards maximum acceptable value (MAV).
Mr Catchpowle says Council remains committed to ensuring drinking water sources remain free of nitrate contamination.
"We are partners with Environment Canterbury in the Ashburton Zone Plan for the Canterbury Water Management Strategy and a key objective is to ensure we all continue to have safe drinking water." he said.