Curt reaction to chlorine
Lake Hawea residents opposed to permanent chlorination of drinking water are demanding better consultation.
The Queenstown Lakes District Council is considering introducing permanent chlorination to Luggate, Lake Hawea, Arrowtown, Arthur’s Point, and Glenorchy later this year.
The Hawea, Glendhu Bay and Arrowtown supplies were chlorinated over the summer, on the advice of public health officials.
They wanted to prevent another Havelock North contamination scenario, where more than 5000 people got sick from drinking contaminated water in 2016.
Luggate was first to signal opposition and Lake Hawea has followed suit. Both communities are proud of the quality of their water bores.
Lake Hawea Community Association chairman Paul Cunningham told the council members were ‘‘totally opposed’’ to chlorination.
He demanded a ‘‘full and timely report’’ as there was no evidence of water quality problems. ‘‘Feelings are running high and the council is strongly advised to take note of these,’’ Cunningham said.
Mayor Jim Boult said the council was aware of concerns. The council would be prosecuted if a Havelock North situation arose and the council had not done every reasonable thing to protect the water, he said.