Hurunui water supply to be chlorinated

Hurunui’s water supply will be permanently chlorinated.

The district council has decided to chlorinate all of its water to provide “consistently safe” drinking water to residents.

Over the past year authorities have found traces of E.col in the water, which have had the potential to be damaging to residents’ health.

Hurunui District Council infrastructure services delivery manager Dan Harris said permanent chlorination of all council provided water supplies is the best option to ensure public health and safety.

“Following a number of transgressions entering through the pipelines over the last few years we decided that permanent chlorination is the best solution. This ensures a safe supply from the intake point, right through the pipes to the taps.”

Amberley township, Amberley Beach, Leithfield Beach and Hanmer Springs have had their water supplies temporarily chlorinated over the last six months.

Leithfield Village and other residents connected to the Leithfield supply, along with Culverden, Hawarden/Waikari and residents connected to the Racecourse bore will have their water supply chlorinated from September.

Mr Harris said dosage rates will differ depending on the supply.

“Our aim is to keep chlorine levels as low as possible while meeting the drinking water standards.”

But he said when the chlorine is first added, the taste will be noticeable but that will reduce over time.

“We understand that some residents will have issues with permanent chlorination of our water supplies, however this is the best solution to ensure that we are providing safe and clean water to our community,” Mr Harris said.