Boil water notices still in place for many Kaikoura residents

Last updated: 20th September 2017

People in the Kaikoura and Hurunui Districts are being reminded that boil water notices remain in place at several locations – over nine months on from the November 2016 earthquake.

Canterbury Medical Officer of Health Dr Alistair Humphrey says boil water notices are in place at water supplies in the Kaikoura and Hurunui Districts.

“These warnings remain in place because these supplies are not secure and remain at risk of bacterial contamination. Drinking the water without boiling it first could make you very sick,” says Dr Humphrey.

The boil water notice applies to water used for:

  • drinking,
  • cooking and food preparation,
  • washing dishes,
  • brushing teeth, and
  • making ice.

People living in or visiting the following areas need to boil their water:

  • Kaikoura Suburban – approximately 25 residents.
  • East Coast Rural – approximately 150 residents.

Several other rural Hurunui water supplies remain on a permanent boil water notice:

  • Blythe Rural water – approximately 40 residents.
  • Hurunui No 1 Rural water – approximately 680 residents.
  • Kaiwara Rural water – approximately 130 residents.
  • Lower Waitohi Rural water – approximately 315 residents.
  • Parnassus Rural water – approximately 210 residents.
  • Peaks Rural water – approximately 85 residents.
  • Waiau Rural water – approximately 500 residents.

Dr Humphrey is also reminding people to test their own private water supplies quarterly, as well as after heavy rainfall, and following any significant earthquakes.

Other ways to prevent gastro bugs in the Kaikoura region

Kaikoura residents should remain vigilant in preventing gastro bugs, with the risk from damaged water infrastructure still affecting many in the district.

People are also encouraged wash their hands and keep out of any contaminated waterways.

Dr Humphrey says that everyone should always remain vigilant about hand washing too. “It’s important to wash your hands thoroughly to prevent gastro infections such as Norovirus, which can spread quickly across a community.”

Dr Humphrey also warns people to not swim, surf or consume seafood and shellfish collected in the area where Lyell Creek discharges into the ocean.

“Advice from the Kaikoura District Council on the state of wastewater infrastructure indicates people should stay away from the Lyell Creek area until further notice.”

Source: Canterbury District Health Board media releases (8th February, 11th May and 15th June 2017) and Kaikoura and Hurunui District Council websites.

Published on Friday, August 18th, 2017, under News
Page last updated: 06/10/2017

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