Council seeks cause of grit in water

MATHEW GROCOTT
Last updated 07:10 06/12/2013

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Complaints of "grit" in the drinking water at Foxton Beach have Horowhenua District Council staff searching for the source of the problem.

Residents in parts of the township have complained to the council this week of discoloured and smelly tap water.

Among those to raise concerns was Christina Paton, who brought a container of the water to this week's council meeting.

"For some weeks now I have been complaining about the quality of the water," Mrs Paton said. "In the past few days it has been very discoloured, at times it has been the colour of cold tea.

"Yesterday there was grit added to the mix as well."

Mrs Paton said there was clearly some contamination of the water supply but did not know if it was a problem with the bore or an issue with material infiltrating the water pipes in the town.

The district council is trying to find the cause.

A statement on the council's website said it had received a number of calls relating to the taste, colour and odour of the water in some areas of Foxton Beach.

"Council's maintenance contractor is currently flushing all of the mains in Foxton Beach to resolve the issue. In addition, council engineers are investigating the cause of the issue and are seeking to provide a solution to prevent recurrence."

The council advises those with water-quality issues to leave a tap running for 10 to 15 minutes to allow the poor-quality water to be flushed from their system.

Anyone who continues to experience problems is asked to contact the council.

Cr Michael Feyen tried to raise the issue of Foxton Beach's water during Wednesday night's council meeting. During a discussion on the proposed Water Supply Bylaw, he held up a container of water and asked if the council considered it to be potable.

Mayor Brendan Duffy called the move a political stunt that was not relevant to what was being discussed at that point in the meeting.

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