Increased Nitrate Levels - Update 2
INCREASED NITRATE LEVELS – UPDATE 2
LOWER WAIHAO (INCL. WAIKAKAHI EAST) RURAL WATER SCHEME
FRIDAY 2 SEPTEMBER 2022, 2PM
In this week’s update, there is not much more information to add other than what has already been said. However, if you haven’t yet heard, we are hosting a public meeting on Saturday 10 September at the Glenavy Hall from 1.30pm to address this issue.
We want this meeting to serve as an opportunity for you all to better understand the situation at hand and provide a forum to have your questions directly answered. At this meeting, we will have representatives from Council, Environment Canterbury and a remote address from the Canterbury Chief Medical Officer Matthew Reid. This will be an open workshop set-up for you to ask any questions, establish the facts and get further detail on the short to medium term landscape looking ahead.
We are tracking closer to a solution and will be in a position to provide further information on this on Saturday. In the meantime, here’s a reminder of the messaging to date.
In early August, Council advised the detection of increased nitrate levels in the water supply of the Lower Waihao Rural Water Scheme (including residents in the Waikakahi East area). For those who may have missed this alert, elevated nitrate levels have the potential to cause health issues, particularly higher risk to pregnant woman and infants under six months of age. Please note, the usual method of boiling water does not remove nitrates.
Council are working closely with Taumata Arowai and Environment Canterbury to resolve this issue at the earliest opportunity, but there are a number of factors to consider and this will take time. To address the increased nitrate levels, Council are committed to building a denitrification plant – purposely designed to remove nitrate at the water source. However, this is not a short term fix and will take many months to finalise design, build and get required consents for this project.
Therefore, until nitrate concentrations return to compliant levels, it is strongly advised to access safe drinking water from the following three locations:
• Glenavy Hall, SH 1, Glenavy
• Morven Hall, MacLean Street, Morven
• Victoria Park Potable Water tap on Hillary Street, Waimate
If you, or someone you know, has difficulty accessing these locations, please contact Council on 03 689 0000.
WHAT ABOUT MY PETS?
During this nitrate advisory, we recommend household pets be given the potable drinking water from the portable tanks. While dogs and cats can handle a higher level of nitrates than most people, it’s advisable to err on the side of caution when providing their water intake.
If you have any further queries or issues relating to animals, please speak with your local vet.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
We sincerely appreciate the inconvenience caused and are doing everything we can to restore safe drinking water through the scheme in the coming months.
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