Safety of drinking water supplies

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Safety of drinking water supplies

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Council drinking water supplies are regularly monitored to ensure safety standards are maintained.

Thanks to Council’s big investment in water supply upgrades over the last few years, the water supplied to Blenheim and Picton households is fully treated and meets the NZ drinking water standard.

The security of drinking water is a priority for this Council and water sources are tested at least twice a week and daily for the main supplies.

Council staff work in close cooperation with the Public Health Unit of the NMDHB and there is an emergency response plan in place should the testing ever trigger an alert about water quality.

While the Council supplies to the townships are all chlorinated, they do require further treatment upgrades to meet the national standard.

Council has budgeted funds for full treatment for the townships of Seddon, Renwick, Havelock and rural Awatere. Treatment for Wairau Valley Township is also being investigated.

Seddon/Awatere is the only area where a boil water notice is in place. Work on that water supply is underway and a compliant supply is scheduled to be in place by early next year.

Because Marlborough is served by a unitary council, there is a close working relationship between regulatory and operations staff who manage and maintain the district’s water supplies; the difficulties encountered in some areas, where there is both a city or district council and a regional council involved, do not arise here.