Curt reaction to chlo­rine

Central Otago Mirror - - CONVERSATIONS - MAR­JORIE COOK

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.

MAR­JORIE COOK

Paul Cun­ning­ham

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