Boil water notice for Arthur’s Pass

Work underway on one of the big slips which cut Arthur’s Pass off from the West Coast earlier this week.

The Selwyn District Council has issued a precautionary boil water notice for Arthur’s Pass following the recent weather bomb which caused major slips around the township.               

The boil water notice is in place for properties connected to the council’s Arthur’s Pass water supply.

A council spokesperson said adverse weather conditions have increased the turbidity of this water supply.

“No E coli has been detected in the water supply, however, as result of the increased turbidity, the council cannot guarantee that the water is safe to drink and has issued the boil water notice as a precaution.”

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. 

People will need to continue to boil water until they are notified that the boil water notice is lifted. The council will continue to monitor the intake and reticulation system and keep residents informed of any updates, which will also be posted online at selwyn.govt.nz.


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