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Contamination in Martinborough water supply – supplies being trucked in

Report from RNZ
E. coli has been detected in the water supply to Martinborough. The South Wairarapa District Council said a boil water notice has been issued for anyone connected to the town’s water supply.

The notice was issued after low levels of the bacteria were found in the town’s drinking water.

Water is being trucked in for people to drink at today’s Martinborough Fair, as the water supply is contaminated.

South Wairarapa District Council assets and operations manager Lawrence Stephenson said testing was underway to trace the contamination.

“All our testing of the actual water going into the network has come out clear and the treatment plant itself has been operating well. We’re trying to identify the source in the actual network.”

Mr Stephenson said water in Martinborough was not chlorinated, as the chlorine reacted to manganese in the water, turning it brown.

The council said people should also boil water that’s being used to wash food, or for brushing teeth.