Wa­ter warn­ing

South Waikato News - - NEWS / HE PU¯RONGORONGO -

The Min­istry of Heath has iden­ti­fied that some New Zealand wa­ters are nat­u­rally acidic and can dis­solve traces of met­als such as lead, nickel and cad­mium from plumb­ing ma­te­ri­als while stand­ing in plumb­ing fit­tings for sev­eral hours.

Re­cent tests have shown res­i­dents in the South Waikato Dis­trict are sup­plied with such wa­ter. As a pre­cau­tion, all house­holds are ad­vised to flush and dis­card at least half a litre of tap wa­ter each morn­ing by run­ning the tap for 10 seconds be­fore us­ing their wa­ter for drink­ing, food prepa­ra­tion or clean­ing teeth.

This will wash away cor­ro­sion prod­ucts that may have ac­cu­mu­lated.

There is no health risk re­lated to this Min­istry re­quire­ment.

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