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Boil Water Notice

22 April 2022

As a precaution, Council is requiring customers on the Fox Glacier water supply to boil their water before consumption until further notice due to positive tests for E-coli. While the results show E.coli in the water supply, Westland District Council are advising customers within the township to boil their water prior to drinking or utilising, including for the purposes of food preparation and brushing teeth.

Council apologises for any inconvenience caused. If you have any queries please contact our Customer Service Centre on 0800 474 834.

Please assist the Council and its contractors by letting other residents know about this boil water notice.

How to boil water for drinking

Options for boiling water include: in an electric jug where possible, or pots over a stove, campfire or barbecue. Boiling water in a jug will automatically destroy any bacteria and viruses. However, if you boil your water in a pot, boiling for at least 2 minutes will achieve the same effect.

Other methods for ensuring clean water is using bottled water when possible or adding 2 drops of household bleach per litre of water; stirring well and letting it stand 30 minutes before drinking.

If you keep boiled water covered in a fridge, then it should be safe for several weeks. To keep it tasting fresh, it's best to store it in glass or stainless steel.

See here for further information about boil water notices.