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20/08/2018 4:00 p.m.
Monday 20 August, 2018
The Ashburton District Council has implemented a
permanent boil water notice for the Montalto supply, and residents who use this
scheme are being advised to boil their water used for drinking, food
preparation and personal hygiene for at least one minute before consuming.
During the past 12 months, the supply has been placed
on a boil water notice for 111 out 365 days. Given this situation, the Council
has determined that it is safest and prudent to place the scheme on a permanent
boil water notice until planned upgrades for the scheme demonstrate that it is
safe to remove the notice.
As part of the ongoing impact of the Havelock North
Inquiry findings, the Council has been assessing its water supplies with
greater scrutiny, and this has resulted in an increased number of boil water
notices being issued for the Montalto scheme. These increased notices place an
additional cost burden on the scheme, as boil water notices prompt the Council
to conduct more intensive, daily monitoring.
Assets Manager Andrew Guthrie says, “Council is
continuing to investigate treatment upgrade options that will provide safe
potable drinking water through the scheme’s current source. This upgrade will
likely involve filtration and upgraded Ultra-violet disinfection equipment.
“As part of these investigations, we will be piloting
cartridge filtration equipment in coming months - on a small scale, to
determine if this equipment would be suitable as part of the upgrade. Once we
have trialled this equipment and are satisfied with the results, then we will
begin implementing the full upgrade. We will review the need for the permanent
boil water notice when the new equipment is operational.
“In the meantime, we appreciate the community’s
cooperation while we work to improve the scheme.”
The Council will continue to periodically sample and
test the supply while the notice is in place, and will advise the community if
contamination is found.
Information on the boil water notice is available on
the Council website www.ashburtondc.govt.nz/water