South Canterbury DHB urges people to monitor their private wells following report on nitrates, E.Coli

Fears of nitrates potentially causing "blue baby syndrome" have prompted the South Canterbury District Health board to tell families, and particularly pregnant women, to check their water is safe if they are using a private bore.

A recently-released ECan survey found a number of wells across Canterbury had unsafe levels of nitrate.

Three wells in the Orari-Temuka-Opihi-Pareora water zone, around Timaru, already exceeded the acceptable level. See more