Boil water notice for Springfield

by Callum McDonald

Residents on the Springfield water supply are advised to boil their water. The council has issued a precautionary boil water notice following recent heavy rainfall which has increased the turbidity of this water supply.

No E coli has been detected in the water supply; however, as a result of the increased turbidity, the council cannot guarantee that the water is safe to drink and the water supply will appear discoloured.

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. Water used to make ice should also be boiled before freezing. Employers should also ensure their staff are only consuming boiled or bottled water at work.

Bringing water to the boil is sufficient to kill all bugs, it does not require prolonged boiling. Water needs to be boiled even if the smell or taste of chlorine is present. If it is not possible to boil water, treat it by adding one teaspoon of household bleach for every 10 litres of water and leave for 30 minutes. Continue to boil water until notified that the boil water notice is lifted. Anyone showing any symptoms of sickness should visit their doctor.

The council will continue to monitor the intake and reticulation system and keep residents informed of any updates. Updates will also be posted on the Selwyn District Council website.