INDEPENDENT NEWS

Chlorination “inevitable” For Reefton – Buller Mayor

Published: Thu 30 Apr 2020 03:52 PM
The chlorination of Reefton's water supply is now inevitable, Buller Mayor Jamie Cleine says.
The Buller District Council last night approved a package of work worth $1.2 million, to upgrade the town's water system, and make it capable of handling chlorination.
Reefton has been on an indefinite 'boil water ' notice since summer, when coliform levels in the system twice exceeded public health guidelines.
Mr Cleine said chlorination would not be a popular move, and he fully expected a community backlash, but the reality was that the council had little choice in the matter.
"The Canterbury District Health Board is the regulator -- and they say the only safe option long term is chlorination.
"Even with a brand new system, we could not hand-on-heart say the water would be safe. And this is happening all over the country. "
A staff report had found Reefton water was pure when it reached the reservoir, but was being contaminated as it re-entered the town's 80-year-old pipes.
The council had applied to the government's Crown Infrastructure Partners for funding for the Reefton upgrade, which included an additional $175,000 for a new falling main, (pipe from the reservoir) the mayor said.
"We will be taking this out for community consultation as part of the annual plan process, but now we've approved the spend the staff can go ahead and put the job out for tender," Mr Cleine said.
Lois Williams - Local Democracy Reporter
Content from the Local Democracy Reporting (LDR) service is published by Scoop as a registered New Zealand Media Outlet LDR Partner.
Contact Lois Williams - Local Democracy Reporter

Next in Comment

Foreign Correspondent: Trump Plays Both Sides Against The Middle
By: Reese Erlich
Waiting For The Old Bailey: Julian Assange And Britain’s Judicial Establishment
By: Binoy Kampmark
On The Sorry Plight Of The International Education Sector
By: Gordon Campbell
Google’s Open Letter: Fighting Australia’s News Media Bargaining Code
By: Binoy Kampmark
On The Recession, And On Trump’s Current Chances Of Re-election
By: Gordon Campbell
Rogue Poll Or Not, All The Signs Point To A Tectonic Shift In New Zealand Politics
By: The Conversation
The Coronavirus Republic: Three Million Infections And Rising
By: Binoy Kampmark
Altars Of Hypocrisy: George Floyd, Protest And Black Face
By: Binoy Kampmark
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILE © Scoop Media