Darfield residents advised to boil water

Residents in Darfield are advised to boil their water after tests find unsafe levels of bacteria in the water supply.

The Selwyn District Council's water quality monitoring programme found levels of bacteria (E.coli) above recommended levels in the Darfield water supply.

The Council will begin chlorination of the water supply immediately and will continue to do so until the precautionary boil water notice is lifted. 

When a boil water notice is in place, the Ministry of Health advises that people should boil all water from taps before drinking, brushing teeth or using it in food preparation. In addition, water used to make ice should also be boiled before freezing.

Water will need to continue to be boiled until the precautionary boil water notice is lifted, even if the taste or smell of chlorine is present. The boil water notice is likely to be in place for several days.

The Press