Carterton put under boil-water notice, again

The Wairarapa town of Carterton has been placed under a boil-water notice again after more positive E. coli tests.
Carterton District Council reissued a notice after receiving a low-level E. coli sample reading at 1.30pm Wednesday. This followed being given the all-clear on Monday afternoon after another notice.

People on the town supply were urged to boil all water before using it for drinking, making baby formula, juice, ice, washing fruit and vegetables, other food preparation, cooking needs or brushing teeth.

The order was in place until further notice.


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A council spokeswoman said they had consulted with Regional Public Health and external senior water engineers to identify the source and take the best action for the community.

The spokeswoman said the water had been tested every day since the initial positive test on Friday, March 12, and today's was the first subsequent positive test.

She said there were no reports of illness from the contamination so far.

Infrastructure, services and regulatory manager Dave Gittings said remedial action had been taken since the first E. coli reading last Friday.

Were doing everything we can to identify the source, and we will hold the boil water notice in place until were confident weve done this and eliminated the low-level E. coli bacteria.

Were not getting elevated E. coli readings out of the bores or the Kaipatangata supply, and we have had clear samples every day since last Friday, he said.

The council said the risk of getting sick from drinking the water is low but possible, especially for vulnerable people.

Boiling water before use was advised as the best way to make it safe.

If you get diarrhoea, vomiting and/or a fever, get advice from your doctor or contact Healthline (0800 611 116).

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