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Water projects under way, but E Coli scare costs council $40,000

The Woodville reservoir, the site of a new impounded water supply.

Pahiatua's E coli scare that had residents boiling their water last year has cost the Tararua District Council $40,000.

The town's water system tested positive for the bacteria in September 2016.

Council chief financial officer Raj Suppiah said the overspend in the last financial quarter was due to the unexpected costs from testing and chlorinating Pahiatua's bore.

Although the council overspent $40,000 in water supplies, council documents show  $30,000 was saved in consultation and insurance costs.

Pahiatua water safe to drink but may never be 'secure' again
Woodville water reservoir upgrade underway
Woodville's hope for cleaner, tastier water

Progress was, however, being made on the district's water upgrades.


A $100,000 UV light is set to be up installed at Pahiatua's water treatment plant within the next 2½ weeks.

Strategy and district development manager Peter Wimsett said the UV disinfection unit would kill bugs  that chlorine could not.

The installation was part of a $2.6 million project,  split between two  financial years, he said.

Pahiatua's upgrade was expected to be completed by the middle of 2018, he said.

Progress was also well under way at the Woodville reservoir, the site of a new impounded water supply.

Water has been an issue for the council in the past, with 33 complaints in the last six months of 2016 in regards to water clarity.

Five complaints were made in Pahiatua and four in Norsewood after chlorine was added following the E coli scare.

Mayor Tracey Collis said water quality was still a top priority for the council throughout all towns in the district.

Following the positive reading for E coli and the loss of the Pahiatua bore's "secure" status, it was important to install the UV light, she said.





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