MEDIA RELEASE - Major outage impacting Featherston water supply

19 July 2020

Media release: Major outage impacting Featherston water supply

Following heavy rain overnight, a land slip in the early hours of the morning washed a section of pipe and interrupted water supply to Featherston. Work is underway to restore water supply to the town, which is expected to take the majority of the day. Once water is restored, it will be necessary to flush and test the system to ensure the water supply is safe and secure.

In consultation with Regional Public Health, a Boil Water Notice has been issued until further notice, supply tankers have been set up in the town and schools on the town water supply are closed for the day.  After the water is restored, three clear days of tests will be required before the boil water notice can be lifted.

South Wairarapa Mayor Alex Beijen says “The community spirit in Featherston this morning has been exceptional, thanks those who have been checking on their neighbours and making sure that everyone is being looked after”.

“In managing the day, we ask residents to avoid flushing their toilets where necessary. Residents of Greytown are also requested to conserve water to minimise demand on the water treatment plant, which will speed up the water reservoir recovery”   

Updates on the outage will be published on Wellington Water’s website and Facebook page.

ENDS

Media contact:

Aaron Alexander

021 110 5157

Wellington Water

South Wairarapa District Council