Submissions closed 2 October 2020.
Thank you to all those who shared their feedback.
We’re looking at the best way to ensure we’re supplying clean, healthy water through all the council owned supplies in the District.
Most of our water supplies are chlorinated. We’re proposing to permanently chlorinate the rest: Upper Takaka, Hamama, Motueka, Riwaka/Kaiteriteri and Richmond.
The proposal to chlorinate has been prompted by the findings of a government inquiry into the 2016 gastroenteritis outbreak in Havelock North after the town’s drinking water supply became contaminated with Campylobacter. 5,500 people became ill and 45 people were hospitalised. The outbreak is thought to have contributed to four deaths.
One of the key recommendations from the Havelock North Inquiry that is relevant to our water supplies is having a multi barrier approach to prevent contamination.
This is crucial because our water sources can be affected by a range of contaminants. A multi-barrier approach uses several methods to treat water, reducing the risk of contaminated water reaching the point of supply and people. Examples of barriers are:
In the following video, Stephen Bridgman, Clinical Director of Health, Nelson Marlborough Health, answers several questions, including:
Submissions closed on 2 October 2020. A hearing is scheduled for 27 October 2020 for those who indicated they wish to speak in support of their submission.
RESCHEDULED PUBLIC INFORMATION SESSIONS
The following public sessions were held to discuss the proposal and answer questions:
Hard copies available at the following locations:
Tasman District Council Offices
Tasman District Libraries