$100,000 fund for water scare


A $100,000 fund will be offered to help Dunedin residents and businesses affected by this week’s water quality scare.

Mayor Dave Cull announced on Wednesday the council planned to set aside the fund to provide discretionary grants for people and small businesses where hardship has occurred.

People will be able to apply to be considered for the grant, and details would be worked on by council staff.

Residents and businesses in north and central Dunedin have been advised to keep boiling their water until Friday afternoon, at the earliest.

Three clear days of testing, plus 24 hours, were required before the boil water notice would be lifted.

Initial testing was done on the city’s water on Tuesday but results were not available before The Star went to print.

Public Health South had received no cases of illness considered to be related to the water quality in the Dunedin area as at lunchtime on Wednesday, but it was still early.

It could take up to 10 days for an illness to appear.

The Dunedin City Council issued a boil water notice on Tuesday after millions of litres of untreated water from the Ross Creek Reservoir entered the city’s water supply.

Council infrastructure and networks general manager Ruth Stokes said, at a meeting on Wednesday afternoon, staff had “flushed” the network, which holds 2.8 million litres of water, with 5.5million litres of water on Tuesday and would follow that with another million litres on Thursday.

Dunedin Hospital has been operating its Emergency Operations Centre and had a tanker and bottled water as its supply.

Eight water tankers at the Octagon, Otago Museum, George Street Normal School, the Oval BP forecourt, Hunters Furniture, Emerson’s Brewery and Logan Park High School would remain in place until the notice had been lifted.

As of Wednesday afternoon, 20,000 litres of water had been distributed from the tankers.

The untreated water entered the city’s supply on Monday afternoon after council staff opened a valve to drain the reservoir.

Unbeknown to the staff, the valve was linked to an old pipe that was still connected to the city’s reticulated water supply.



businesses in the CBD, North Dunedin, Leith Valley, Woodhaugh and the Warehouse Precinct to boil all water before drinking it.

Tap water in affected areas must not be used for drinking, making up baby formula and juices, making ice, washing fruits and vegetables, or brushing teeth.

Boil all drinking water before use. Zips do not boil water sufficiently. Water needs to be through a rolling boil for at least one minute and filtered water should also be boiled.

If you’re in an affected area, flush run your taps for 10-15 minutes. This will flush the water and will help with the cleaning process.

If you have a water tank, empty it so it can be refilled with clean water.