Boil water notices

by Mike Isle

The Selwyn District Council has issued precautionary boil water notices for Doyleston and Arthur’s Pass.

The notices have been issued by the council after test results were received showing that E coli levels were above recommended levels in the towns’ water supplies.

A previous precautionary notice for Leeston has been lifted.

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. Bringing water to the boil is sufficient to kill all bugs, and does not require prolonged boiling, the ministry says. Water needs to be boiled even if the smell or taste of chlorine is present.

Water can also be treated by adding one teaspoon of household bleach for every 10 litres of water and leaving it for 30 minutes.

During boil water notices, employers should also make sure their staff are only consuming boiled or bottled water at work.

Residents should continue to boil water until notified on the council’s website that the boil water notice is lifted.

The notices are likely to be in place for several days.