No good to drink

Last updated 14:33 02/12/2013

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Stratford residents are being warned their water may not be safe and needs to be boiled.

The Stratford District Council issued a notice this morning stating chlorine levels in the town's water supply were low and they could not guarantee the water was safe.

No e-coli bacteria had been found in the water and the warning to boil water was a precaution, the notice said.

It said during a boil water notice the Ministry of Health recommended residents treat all water from taps before drinking, brushing teeth or using it in food preparation and water used to make ice should also be boiled before freezing.

Bringing water to the boil is sufficient to kill all bugs but if water cannot be boiled, it can be treated by adding a teaspoon of household bleach per 10 litres of water and leaving it for half an hour.

Employers should also make sure their staff are only consuming boiled or bottled water at work.

The council said it will monitor the situation and hopes to have the issue resolved today but residents should continue to boil water until otherwise advised.

People who get sick should visit their doctor promptly, it said.

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