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Havelock water no longer needs boiling

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 3/09/2016

Water from Havelock North's water supply no longer needs to be boiled, its council has announced nearly three weeks after first discovering a contamination.

About 5200 people - a third of the town's population - have been affected since a campylobacter contamination was found in its water supply last month.

Since August 12, residents have been asked to boil drinking water, but on Saturday the Hastings District Council said tests had revealed the water was again safe to drink straight form the tap.

"The third clear [daily] water test in a row came back today, allowing the boil water notice to be lifted," chief executive Ross McLeod said.

"The results confirm that water from the Hastings source is fully through the Havelock North system after the Brookfield bores were closed off early last week."

But the council has asked all residents to make sure their pipes are flushed by running all fixtures for three minutes, emptying water tanks and throwing away stored water and ice.

"This has been a very difficult time for our residents and anything we can do to make their lives a bit easier is being done as fast as we can," Mr McLeod said.

Earlier on Saturday, a crowd gathered to march from Havelock North village to Hastings city centre, to show their support for the sick and to call for answers.

The water in the area will continue to be chlorinated for at least three months.

The government has launched an independent inquiry into the contamination.

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