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A step closer to clear drinking water for all Foxtonites

A step closer to clear drinking water for all Foxton residents

Horowhenua District Council is another step closer to ensuring crystal-clear drinking water for all Foxton residents.

To improve the water clarity, the pH-level of the water in the town supply is being adjusted slightly to decrease its acidity and increase its alkalinity, helping stop the historic lime-scale build-up on the mains pipes from dissolving, and subsequently discolouring the water.

Horowhenua District Council’s Water and Waste Services Manager Paul Gaydon says slightly raising the pH level of the water will essentially create a more stable environment in the reticulation system.

“The regular water mains flushing we’ve been doing has certainly been helping improve the issue, but it’s not a long-term solution.”

The pH-level change in the water supply will happen from today, but Mr Gaydon says people will not notice any change in the smell or taste of the water. However, he says those who have experienced discoloured water will begin to see a significant improvement.

“It’s really just a cosmetic change to the appearance, as the water has always been perfectly safe to drink, and compliant with its A-grade status.”

Mr Gaydon says that Council has been committed to finding a lasting solution to the discoloured water issues some Foxton residents were experiencing.

“It’s been the Water Services team’s mission to provide the Foxton community with crystal-clear, sparkling water permanently throughout the year. This latest work will result in the water clarity improving significantly,” he said.

“We certainly thank the Foxton community for their patience and also for the feedback and updates some people have provided over recent years,” he said.


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