Oxford Rural No.1 Boil Water Notice Update

Published: 28-May-2018

The Boil Water Notice still remains in force on the Oxford Rural No.1 water supply scheme as a precautionary measure.  Please continue to boil all drinking water on a rolling boil for at least 3 minutes before consuming.

Since the positive E.coli result on the 26 January 2018, Council staff have been undertaking extensive testing and seeking expert advice with the aim of being able to lift the Boil Water Notice.  We have inspected the headworks, reservoirs and several connection points but no potential source of contamination has been identified.  Additionally all subsequent sampling (daily samples taken at 4 sites across the scheme) have tested clear of contamination.

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 homes.

A public meeting is proposed to be held at the Oxford Town Hall on Tuesday 20 February 2018 from 7pm to 9pm to give the public some more information and an opportunity to ask questions.

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