Council's treated water safe


2016-08-17T17:11:00 Pacific/Auckland


Ruapehu District Council (RDC) says that anyone using water from one of its Water Treatment Plants should have every confidence that the water is perfectly safe to drink and cook with.

Water from Ruapehu’s Water Treatment Plants is completely different to the situation in Hastings where the water is untreated and comes directly from multiple bores.

Environmental Manager Anne-Marie Westcott said that all RDC’s water is treated with chlorine to ensure the risks are minimized.

“At RDC’s Water Treatment Plants with only fundamental treatment, chlorine is added before and checked both before and after the reservoir to ensure the chlorine levels meet drinking water standards. she said.

“All of the Water Treatment Plants have chlorine analysers that check to see if there is enough chlorine in the system, these analysers run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and have the ability to shut down the water treatment plant in the event the chlorine levels are too high or too low.

In addition, the water in the reticulated system (pipes) supplying peoples’ home’s is manually tested again daily to ensure Drinking Water Standards are met

Ms. Westcott added that anyone using water from one of from Ruapehu’s Water Treatment Plants should take comfort from the levels of treatment and monitoring that is in place.


Page reviewed: 17 Aug 2016 5:11pm