Safe to drink
Some residents in central and west Auckland noticed the taste and smell of their tap water was a little off last week. Watercare fielded several complaints but has assured the Auckland Regional Public Health Service that the water is safe to drink. Hot temperatures from the previous weekend triggered a minor algal bloom in the Lower Nihotupu storage dam which is responsible for much of the water supply. Those who complained received bottled water from Watercare. About 950 bottles were delivered to 405 properties throughout the week.