Raetihi residents are once again able to flush toilets but will continue to remain without drinking water until Christmas.
During the weekend the Ruapehu District Council's contractor Veolia Water flushed village water mains after cleaning and refilling the Raetihi reservoir, which was contaminated after a diesel tank on Mt Ruapehu leaked.
Once the council gets clearance from the latest batch of water samples, work will begin to flush residential plumbing - area by area within the township. However, council chief executive Peter Till warned residents against using water for anything other than flushing toilets.
"Before council can give the all-clear to use the water for other purposes such as washing, laundry, showers or consumption, we need confirmation from the Medical Officer of Health that it is safe."
Mr Till also warned residents not to use a wetback if they have one installed in their home as their hot water cylinder may have diesel in it.
He said refilling the growing number of water tanks around Raetihi was a major challenge in keeping the township supplied with water.
The water supply was shut off on October 2 and with reticulated drinking water not being available for up to three months, more people are hooking up water tanks to their homes.
The RDC has three tankers delivering water around the township and is servicing 67 water tanks and pods. Seventeen new tanks were added to the network late last week.
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