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Around 300 residents are being advised to boil their water in the Hautere/Te Horo area on the Kāpiti Coast.
Boiling tap water is being recommended as a precautionary measure following heavy rainfall through the week.
Infrastructure Services Group Manager Sean Mallon says the rainfall throughout the week and poor weather conditions have made the water turbidity higher than it usually is.
“High turbidity makes it harder for us to be certain that the UV treatment process used to kill all the micro-organisms is 100% effective. The water is still subject to Chlorination,” says Sean Mallon.
“Because of this, we are advising residents who access the Hautere/Te Horo public water supply to boil all water used for drinking, making up infant formula or ice, preparing food and cleaning teeth as a precautionary measure.”
Residents who are unable to boil their water are suggested to treat it by adding 5 drops of straight, unscented household bleach into 1 litre of water — leaving it to stand for roughly 30 minutes before drinking.
If the water smells of chlorine when it comes out of the tap, it is recommended to boil the water regardless.
Workplaces are being asked to look into their boiled or bottled drinking water while the precautionary measures and notices are in place.
The precautionary measures are in place until the turbidity levels reduce.
If people show signs of illness from drinking the water, it is recommended to seek advice from their doctor or call Healthline on 0800 611 116.