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Petone water available again soon

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 16/06/2017

The Buick Street taps in Petone will be safe to draw water from soon, after being shut off in April due to an E coli contamination.

Drawing water from the taps in the Hutt Valley suburb has long been a tradition for many residents, preferring the unchlorinated taste.

They and the taps at Dowse Square in central Lower Hutt were turned off when the Waiwhetu Aquifer tested positive for E coli for the third time in three months in April.

Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace says he understood a solution had been developed for assuring safe water delivery at the Buick Street taps, meaning they could be turned back on within the next 10 days.

"This is great news for Hutt Valley people," he said.

"Providing water that's safe to drink is a top priority for the council, and I understand that this treatment option will do that - provide safe, healthy water without adding any chemicals or having any impact on taste."

While water to people's homes was chlorinated in that time, the public taps were switched off.

Now, Wellington Water is installing a small unit at Buick Street that will treat the source water before it comes out of the tap, meaning it is delivered safe to drink.

"I know there are a lot of people who want an unchlorinated option for their drinking water.

"It's great to be able to turn this back on for them in a way that ensures the water is safe," Mr Wallace said.

Details of the tap being turned on will be confirmed on the Hutt City Council website and Facebook page.

Wellington Water will be looking to install a similar unit at the Dowse Square taps.

An investigation is still under way into how E coli came to be in the aquifer water.

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