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Pahiatua's water again tests positive

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 5/09/2016

Pahiatua's water has again tested positive for E. coli, which means the precautionary boil-water notice will remain in place.

After a clear result on Sunday, the latest test of the lower North Island town's water on Monday showed a positive reading for the bacteria.

This means Tararua District Council will now require three consecutive days of clear tests before the notice, which was issued last Friday, can be lifted.

Mayor Roly Ellis said the latest result was disappointing for residents, whom he thanked for the way they were handling the situation.

"I can assure you that we will be taking top level advice to bring this matter to a close as soon as possible," he said.

Mr Ellis said the Ministry of Health had advised that the council should continue chlorinating the water supply and retain the boil-water notice.

He said a water tanker with drinking water was available in the township.

The council has not received any reports of illness.

The development in Pahiatua comes after thousands of people in the Hawke's Bay town of Havelock North became sick from contaminated water.

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