Council Statement on Havelock North Drinking Water Inquiry

Council has received with interest stage two of the Havelock North Drinking Water Inquiry. Today’s release has wide ranging implications for the processes associated with the nation’s drinking water. This includes within the Waimakariri District.

waterThe majority of residents within the Waimakariri receive water that complies with the current national Drinking Water Standards, even though some of this water is not treated with chlorine. This water is sourced from deep and secure ground water bores.

The Rangiora and Kaiapoi supply schemes, which were named in today’s report, are both fed by deeply sourced and secure ground water, and so meet current drinking water standards.

On some of the smaller schemes within the District, where full compliance has not yet been achieved, work is underway to achieve this by the end of the 2018/19 financial year.

Staff had anticipated that the inquiry would require the future treatment of all drinking water. As a result, we are proposing budgets for UV treatment of all drinking water as part of the Draft 2018-28 Long Term Plan. This will be going out for consultation in March. The inquiry also recommends residual disinfection of water supply schemes, which would require chlorination to be applied to schemes where it is not already. This is something we have consulted on with our community in the past.

Previous consultations have indicated the community is not in favour of this change. This is why some of our schemes are fed by water that is unchlorinated. We do have systems in place to implement treatment on the majority of the unchlorinated schemes at short notice in an emergency.

The Waimakariri District Council is committed to continuing to provide our communities with safe drinking water. We are confident in our ability to respond to any changes to the drinking water standards that emerge because of the Havelock North inquiry.

Contact: Matt McIlraith

Phone: 03 311 8902