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Water New Zealand says the suspected linking of Queenstown’s cryptosporidiosis outbreak to the town’s water supply highlights the need for effective multi-barrier protection of drinking water.
Acting technical manager Lesley Smith says around twenty percent of the population in Aotearoa New Zealand is supplied with drinking water that does not provide adequate barriers against protozoa contamination.
Queenstown residents have been warned to boil their water or risk serious illness.
Residents and businesses in Queenstown and Frankton have been given a boil water notice on a public supply by the Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) this afternoon.
As we head towards the election, tackling our long term under-investment in water infrastructure needs to remain a key focus.
Recently updated water loss guidelines have been developed to help councils tackle their leaking infrastructure. Water New Zealand chief executive Gillian Blythe says cutting our excessive level of water wastage will become a vital tool in ensuring a sustainable water future.
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