Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Heavy rain leads to precautionary water safety notice

Localised heavy rainfall over the last three days and resulting high raw water turbidity in Ohakune's water source has led to Council needing to issue a precautionary water safety notice which is advising people to either use bottled water or to boil water for drinking.

Environmental Manager Anne-Marie Westcott said that Council’s water contractor Veoila has been running the Water Treatment Plant at full capacity to maintain reservoir levels and meet the peak school holiday demand.

“The tap water people are receiving has still been treated but due to the poor raw water quality as a result of the high rainfall it has higher levels of turbidity than we would like,” she said.

“Although the risk of people getting sick from unintentionally drinking the water is low we are not prepared to take any chances with public health.

While the water safety notice is in effect people need to ensure that they boil all tap water for at least two minutes and let it cool before use or choose to use bottled water.

Ms Westcott said that we require three consecutive days of negative test results before the boil water advisory can be lifted.

With more bad weather forecast we may not be in a position to lift the notice until next week.

In the interim anyone holidaying in Ohakune or planning to do so should continue with their holiday plans but please follow the instructions to either use bottled water or to boil water for drinking.

Council staff have been out talking with accommodation providers and restaurants in Ohakune today explaining the situation.

More information including a list of frequently asked questions on boil water notices can be found on Council’s website (see A-Z, Boil Water Notice FAQ’s).”

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Madrid Climate Talks: Decade Ending 2019 Likely To Be Hottest On Record

Exceptional global heat driven by greenhouse gas emissions mean this decade will most likely go down as the warmest on record, according to the World Meteorological Organization...

The agency also finds that 2019 is on track to be the second or third warmest year in history, with the global average temperature during January through October, roughly 1.1 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial era.

“If we do not take urgent climate action now, then we are heading for a temperature increase of more than 3°C by the end of the century, with ever more harmful impacts on human wellbeing.” More>>


NZ First Conflicts Of Interest: New Details Around Timeline

New information has emerged showing it was the New Zealand First chief of staff who identified potential conflicts of interest between a forestry company and two senior government ministers, sparking a series of declarations. More>>



Five New Cancer Meds In Six Months: Pharmac Funds More Cancer Medicines, Faster Assessment

PHARMAC has confirmed that two new medicines – olaparib for ovarian cancer and fulvestrant for breast cancer – have been approved for funding... Rituximab and bortezomib, which are already funded, have also been approved for widened access following successful commercial proposals from new suppliers. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Stoking Fears About Cannabis Law Reform

It was always going to be hard to have a rational debate on cannabis reform. Far easier for politicians to win votes by stoking alarm... More>>


Tūhoronuku Mandate Recognition Ends: "New Opportunity" For Ngāpuhi Treaty Negotiations

The Crown is providing an opportunity for the hapu of Ngāpuhi to rebuild its framework from the ground up for collective negotiations to deal with its historical Treaty claims... More>>


Pike River: Next Phase Of Recovery Underway

“Fresh air will be pumped into the Pike River Mine drift this week, following acceptance of the plan for re-entry beyond the 170m barrier by New Zealand’s independent health and safety regulator WorkSafe." More>>


Peters Stoic: Russia On Afghan Firing Range Deaths

The foreign minister won't be calling in the Russian ambassador concerning comments made about New Zealand soldiers in Afghanistan. In a media briefing late last month, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said New Zealand must investigate crimes against civilians. More>>


Christchurch Call: Online Crisis Response Workshop In Wellington

Governments and tech companies are holding a two-day workshop, hosted by YouTube/Google in Wellington, to test the Christchurch Call Shared Crisis Response Protocol. More>>





InfoPages News Channels