The Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC) says drinking water has an ‘earthy taste’ in some parts of the district, but it is completely safe to drink and does not need to be boiled.
Dave Bassett, Manager of the Water Treatment Plant, says a lack of substantial rain over the last month has caused river levels to drop and also increased the amount of algae in the river.
This is being treated by increasing the amount of activated carbon at the Waikanae Water Treatment Plant.
He says: “The taste should improve with the elevated treatment of river water continuing until algae levels drop.”
But due to the falling river levels, the Council is bringing in ‘stage one water restrictions’ for Waikanae, Paraparaumu and Raumati.
Stage one water restrictions limit use of sprinklers, unattended hoses and irrigations systems from 7pm to 9pm every second day — even numbered households on even days, odd numbered houses on odd days. Handheld hoses can be used at any time.
For details on how our water is treated, see www.kapiticoast.govt.nz/safe-drinking-water
For up to date information on water restrictions, go to: www.kapiticoast.govt.nz/water-restrictions