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E.Coli found in Glenorchy water supply
15 December, 2017
People in Glenorchy are being advised to boil water after E. Coli was detected in the township's water supply.
The Queenstown Lakes District Council today issued a precautionary boil water notice to residents and businesses, saying about 180 households were affected.
“The notice was issued this morning after routine testing detected the positive presence of E. Coli in the water supply. Advice from Public Health South is that all residents and businesses should boil water as a precaution,” QLDC Chief Engineer Ulrich Glasner said.
“The scheduled implementation of chlorination will be in place next week, and testing will continue until we are satisfied there is no risk to the local community. We will undertake daily testing but the boil water notice would stay in place until further notice.”
The notice is issued three days after QLDC announced it would begin temporary chlorination of the water supply in Arthurs Point, Luggate and Glenorchy to ensure a safe drinking water supply over the busy summer period.
QLDC Chief Executive Mike Theelen said it was unfortunate timing coming the day after a council meeting at which a number of Glenorchy residents opposed the disinfection of the local water supply.
“However, this reaffirms Council’s decision to begin chlorination next week and should act as a reminder that bacterial infections such as this can occur at any time in untreated water supplies,” said Mr Theelen.
Council engineers will be investigating the source of the contamination.