The Kawerau water supply has been confirmed safe, following samples clear of contamination, over the past three days.

As a result the boil water notice is now lifted for all residents using the Kawerau District water supply.

The third test from the sample point that had shown E.Coli has come back clear of contamination today. The tests from this same sample point were also clear on Sunday and Monday.

In addition, the next round of scheduled tests from four different sites across the water supply system have also come back clear of contamination.

The Council would like to thank the residents for adhering to the Boil Water Notice and reiterate the importance of taking these notices seriously.

An investigation by Council, following this positive E.Coli reading as part of routine testing, has included checking the water intake and surroundings; checking the treatment plant and its performance; reviewing all reservoirs and networks around sample points; and reviewing the location of the sample points and sampling procedures.

Kawerau District Council will supply a formal report to the Bay of Plenty District Health Board by Friday.

The water tanker with potable drinking water will remain at Ranfurly Court in Kawerau for the duration of the day today on Tuesday, 7 January 2020.

Kawerau District Council Chief Executive Russell George thanks residents for their patience and understanding during this time. “We understand it has been a trying time for residents and we acknowledge the impact and concerns of people. We would also like to thank staff for their assistance and support.”