Useless animals present in a Banks Peninsula reservoir might imply residents in Akaroa and Takamatua might need to boil their water for weeks.
Christchurch Metropolis Council mentioned a number of small lifeless animals have been discovered within the reservoir on Tuesday throughout a routine examine.
Testing confirmed there was sufficient chlorine within the water to kill micro organism, however there was nonetheless a doable protozoa threat which chlorine won’t kill.
The medical officer of well being mentioned water used for ingesting, meals preparation, utensil washing, brushing tooth or ice needs to be boiled till additional discover.
The council mentioned employees have been engaged on a technique to bypass the reservoir so it may very well be emptied and cleaned.
“Till that occurs, the boil water discover will stay in place,” mentioned performing head of Three Waters Adam Twose.
“Bringing water to the boil is ample to kill bugs. If you cannot boil your water then bottled water is the one different choice.”
Routine testing is carried out 3 times per week within the space.