Ashburton District residents can now receive important alerts and notifications - free of charge, straight to their mobile phone, by simply texting their postcode to '4196'.
The Council has launched a new text/SMS alert system that will message residents with critical information, including boil water notices, road closures and detours, health and safety matters, and emergency-related activities in their area.
The free service will replace the currently used Antenno app, which will no longer be used from 1 September 2019. Residents already using Antenno are encouraged to opt-in to the Council's new text/SMS alert system to continue receiving important Council notifications.
Council Chief Executive, Hamish Riach says the new service is easy to join and is available to all New Zealand phone numbers.
"By texting your postcode to opt-in, the Council can ensure that we are only sending the alerts to the areas it needs to reach. This is a much easier way for residents to stay up-to-date with critical services and infrastructure in their district, and we are very pleased to begin providing this service."
Residents can receive alerts to multiple postcode areas by individually texting them to '4196'. To remove any of the postcode areas, simply text 'STOP' and the postcode number to '4196'. For example 'STOP 7700'.
"Mobile phones are an integral part of our lives and it makes sense that the community can easily receive timely and targeted messages straight to their device without having to download an app or manage an account. The text alert service will make receiving information much simpler," Mr Riach added.