Boil water reminder - Glenkenich Rural Water Scheme
A boil water notice remains in place for consumers on the Glenkenich Rural Water Scheme.
Anyone using water from their tap for consumption (including teeth cleaning and food preparation such as washing fruit and vegetables) should boil it for 1 minute before it is used.
New water treatment plant – next steps
The recently installed water treatment plant has been operating well and we are getting ready to lift the boil water notice but there is preliminary work that needs to be done first.
Due to the length of time the scheme has been on a boil notice, Council is currently cleaning the treatment plant reservoirs and flushing out water lines to remove accumulated sediment and untreated water.
Reservoir cleaning had been scheduled for earlier in May but had to be delayed due to wet weather and ground conditions making it unsafe to proceed. This has resulted in a delay to lifting the boil water notice at the end of May as expected.
Contractors have now cleaned half the reservoirs and plan to finish this work next week (weather permitting). Then they will start flushing pipes throughout the scheme for a few weeks. This may cause some discoloration to your water supply.
We also recommend that you should have your own private tanks cleaned. We encourage you to engage a tank cleaning contractor to do this.
Information on how to clean your tank is available online from the Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR ) and we have a link to the Household Water Supplies booklet at www.cluthadc.govt.nz/boil-water-faqs under the question ‘How do I go about chlorinating my own private water tanks?’. Please be aware that water tanks present confined spaces hazards and should not be entered without specialist safety equipment and procedures.
It is recommended that you clean your tank every 2-3 years to reduce the amount of sediment in it. Council also advises that the offtake should always be installed 200 to 300mm above the bottom of your tank to significantly reduce dirty water in your household taps. If this is not the case, we advise you to contact a plumber.
Once your tank is cleaned, run all your cold taps for a few minutes before using the water. Flush any appliances that are connected to the water supply.
Drinking water is also available from a tap at the Bushy Hill St playground in Tapanui or from public taps at Hamilton Park in Gore (near the carpark by the dog park or near the pavilion). Please bring your own clean containers.
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