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Precautionary Boil Water Notice - Lake Coleridge
The Boil Water Notice for Lake Coleridge is lifted.
Residents are advised that the water has settled and is now safe to drink. No E.Coli has been detected and the turbidity levels had returned to acceptable levels.
The council will continue to monitor the intake and reticulation system and keep residents informed.
28 November: Residents who are on the Lake Coleridge water supply are advised to begin boiling water as a Precautionary Boil Water Notice has been issued.
Routine monitoring of the water supply has indicated the UV treatment of the water may be ineffective due to high turbidity in the 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 a boil water notice as a precaution. The system has also been chlorinated, but due to the nature of the water supply, chlorination will be intermittent and may not be effective all of the time.
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 (water does not require prolonged boiling). Water needs to be boiled even if the smell or taste of chlorine is present. If water cannot be boiled, treat it by adding 1 teaspoon of household bleach per 10 litres of water and leave 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 their water until they are notified that the boil water notice is lifted. It is likely to be in place for several days.
Anyone who shows symptoms of sickness should visit their doctor as soon as they are able to. The council will continue to monitor the intake and reticulation system and keep residents informed of any updates.
Map of Lake Coleridge water supply area [PDF 400kb]
Published: Thursday, 28 November
Lake Coleridge Water Supply once again safe to drink
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