Contaminent Identified in Eureka Reservoir

Press Release – Waikato District Council

Council staff have retrieved the bodies of two rats from the Eureka reservoir after it was drained yesterday.
30 November 2011

Contaminent Identified in Eureka Reservoir

Council staff have retrieved the bodies of two rats from the Eureka reservoir after it was drained yesterday.

Residents in the Tauwhare Eureka area have had limited or no water supply after the contaminants were spotted in the reservoir yesterday morning.

General manager water and facilities Richard Bax says now the process of cleaning the tank and refilling it can be progressed.

“Because refilling the reservoir affects the already limited pressure available, we have been refilling the tank in low use times, particularly overnight,” he said.

“We are now in the process of sterilizing the tank and we are required to empty it again before refilling it and testing the water. I anticipate normal services will be restored this Friday. In the meantime it’s important affected residents continue to boil their drinking water and minimise their water use,” said Mr Bax.

This is a recent occurrence as on 21 November the water supplied from the Eureka reservoir was tested. No harmful bacteria were detected and it was of good quality.

Yesterday the council distributed a flyer to all the residents in the affected areas covered by the following roads:
Amber Lane
Appleton Lane
Badger Close
Bellevue Road
Catra Place
Church Road
Craig Road
Eureka Road
Friedlander Road
Glen Ida Way
Hinton Road
Hoeka Road
Holland Road (part only)
Hooper Road
Hunter Road
Kanui Ave
Kiroa Road
Marshmeadow Lane
Marshmeadow Road
Marychurch Road
Masters Road
Oakview Place
Platt Road
Ringer Road (part only)
Schollum Road
Shaw Road
Shewan Road (part only)
Tai Patena Place
Tauwhare Road (to Tauwhare Village)
Waverley Road
Woodside Road (part only)
Please check the homepage on our website for updates www.waikatodistrict.govt.nz.

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