*BOIL WATER NOTICE FOR KUMARA*

BOIL WATER NOTICE - EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

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Issued on 13 January 2017

NOTICE TO CONSUMERS ON THE KUMARA TOWN WATER SUPPLY

Boil Water Notice
 
During a routine water sampling process the Kumara water supply was identified as having a ‘presence’ of E.Coli.  This means consumers need to boil their water before consumption and also for the purpose of food preparation to eliminate any bacteria that may be present.

This boil water notice is in place until we can guarantee the quality of water being delivered to consumers.  Status updates will be posted on Council’s website www.westlanddc.govt.nz

How to boil water for drinking
As long as water has been fully boiled in an electric jug, any bacteria and viruses will be destroyed. If you boil your water in a pot, then leave it to boil for at least 2 minutes for the same effect. If you keep boiled water covered in a fridge, then it should be safe for several weeks.  To keep it tasting fresh, it's best to store it in glass or stainless steel.

Why?
Bacteria found in contaminated supplies can make people sick. The only way to avoid getting sick is to boil the water. This is a very effective and easy way of making water safe to drink.

The Council is investigating the possible reason for this contamination and is carrying out further tests to determine when the supply is back to a compliant level.  

Council apologises for any inconvenience caused.  If you have any queries please contact our Customer Service Centre or myself on 0800 474 834.

Regards,
Pam Wilson
Engineer – Water Services