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The Fencing of Swimming Pools Act was introduced to protect young children from the danger of drowning.
The Council has 112 units in Kaiapoi, Oxford, Rangiora and Woodend for people over 65 with limited means.
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The Waimakariri District Council is one of the largest employers in the Waimakariri District and has become an employer of choice.
The public meeting planned to
discuss the Oxford Rural No.1 Water Scheme will now take place on
Thursday night at 7pm in the Oxford Town Hall.
The meeting has been
postponed from tomorrow night due to the expected arrival over the Waimakariri
District of the remnants of Cyclone Gita, and the expectation that high winds
and heavy rain could make travel hazardous.
To avoid the need
for unnecessary travel for all who plan to attend, Council staff will now
present information on the Oxford Rural No. 1 water supply on Thursday, and
give members of the public an opportunity to ask questions.
The Rural No. 1 scheme has
been subject of a boil Water Notice in recent weeks as a precautionary
measure. It is advised to boil all drinking water drawn from the scheme
on a rolling boil for at least 3 minutes before consuming.
The notice was put in place
after a positive E.coli result on the 26 January.
In the time since, Council
staff have been undertaking extensive testing and seeking expert advice with
the aim of being able to lift the notice.
This has included the
inspection of the headworks, reservoirs and several connection points, but no
potential source of contamination has been identified. All subsequent
sampling (daily samples taken at 4 sites across the scheme) have tested clear
The positive E. coli has
however called into question the bacterial compliance of the scheme. We have
received technical advice that bacteria can survive in water with residual
chlorine when the turbidity levels are high, such as occurs on the Oxford Rural
No.1 scheme. Staff have therefore not been able to gain the required
levels of confidence in the supply to lift the Boil Water Notice, and following
discussions with the Drinking Water Assessors at Community & Public Health
of the Canterbury District Health Board it is now considered likely that the
notice may not be able to be lifted until the new source comes online. We will
however continue to seek further advice and undertake any additional testing
that may allow the notice to be lifted earlier.
The consent application is
currently underway to take water from the new bore on McPhedrons Road that is
to be the new source for the scheme. Under the current programme it is
expected to be 12 months before the new source is online. We are looking
to fast track the project to bring this source online earlier if possible.
Other than continuing to boil
water, an alternative source of drinking water is the Oxford campervan filling
point outside 82 High Street in Oxford. Members of the public are able to
bring bottles to fill with water from the Oxford town supply for use at their