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Council agrees on scope of water review

Thursday, February 08, 2018   Posted in: Signatory Notice Board By: Administrator With tags: water, safety

Christchurch City Council Newsline: 8th February 2018

Christchurch City Council has approved the terms of reference for the external review into the events that led to the downgrading of the security status on the city’s water supply.

Since the earthquakes Christchurch’s water supply has had a “provisionally secure" status which meant that under the Drinking Water Standards for New Zealand it did not need to be treated.

A glass of drinking water.The loss of the “provisionally secure’’ status led the Council to make the decision on 25th January 2018 to temporarily treat the city’s water supply with chlorine. That status was removed in late December 2017, after assessments of 25 wells at nine different pump stations across the city.

The water will be treated with chlorine until work on upgrading of the security of the below ground well heads has been completed – due to happen by the year’s end - and the Christchurch Drinking Water Assessor is satisfied the wells are secure.

The Council asked Chief Executive Dr Karleen Edwards at the 25th January 2018 meeting to commission an external review of the events that preceded the downgrading of the city’s water supply.

Today the Council endorsed the scope and objectives for that review. “The Council asked for a review at its 25 January meeting. I have actioned that request and today, as part of the process, checked the scope and objectives of that review. This will enable us to proceed with a common understanding," Dr Edwards says.

“It will assess our handling of the situation, the adequacy of our existing practises and procedures, and whether we could have done things better," she says.

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