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Pahiatua water continues to have E coli

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 3/09/2016

© Getty Images Latest tests of the Pahiatua water supply show E coli is still present so residents have to keep boiling water.

Tararua District Council issued a boil-water notice on Friday, saying tests showed E coli in the water supply of the lower North Island township.

The council also began chlorinating the water, which comes from a deep bore, from 1pm on Friday.

On Saturday the council said the first set of test results since the precautionary moves on Friday indicated a positive reading for E coli.

The water system is being flushed so chlorinated water comes through and a tanker of drinking water is available in the town.

Residents have to boil water used for drinking, making ice, food preparation; brushing teeth; and preparing infant and toddler formula.

The council has not received any reports of illness.

The boil-water notice will stay in place until the council has received three consecutive days of clear test results.

The moves come after thousands of people became sick in Havelock North from contaminated water. During that outbreak officials said E coli could be an indicator of other bacteria in water.

On Saturday Hastings District Council said water from the Havelock North town water supply no longer needed to be boiled before drinking.

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