by Anonymous Author
Residents on Selwyn District Council’s Sheffield–Waddington water supply have been advised to boil their water.
The council has issued a boil water notice after test results showed that E coli levels were above recommended levels.
As a precaution, the council will temporarily chlorinate the supply, which serves a population of approximately 570.
A council spokesperson said residents should continue to boil water until they are notified that the boil water notice is lifted.
“It is likely to be in place for several days and council will continue to monitor the intake and reticulation system and keep residents informed of any updates. Anyone who shows symptoms of sickness should visit their doctor as soon as they are able to.”
E coli is an organism, which can cause health issues. When a boil water notice is in place, the Ministry of Health advises that people should boil or treat all water from taps before drinking, brushing teeth or using it in food preparation. In addition, water used to make ice should also be boiled before freezing.
Updates to this notice will be posted online at selwyn.govt.nz.