After decades of boiling water households in Seddon have been given the go ahead to drink straight from the tap.
Residents have been given the all clear to stop boiling their drinking water, unless they’re making a cuppa.
The milestone move comes after the opening of a multi-million-dollar water treatment plant in April.
Marlborough District Council bosses yesterday revealed they had finally been given the all-clear from the Ministry of Health.
Council Chief Executive Mark Wheeler said this was a monumental milestone.
“Being able to turn on the tap and fill up a glass of water that’s safe to drink is something this community has been waiting a very long time for.
“Today, that day has finally come,” he says.
“I’d like to thank all of those involved in the treatment plant project over the years, particularly the Awatere Seddon Water Group, who worked tirelessly to bring it to fruition.
“Council’s water engineering team – Stephen Rooney, Stuart Donaldson, Mark Power, Erica Hobbs, and Robin Millard, Nelson Marlborough District Health Board staff, along with many others who put in the hard yards to deliver a world-class, modern water treatment facility.
“It’s great to see the community of Seddon benefitting as a result of everyone working together in a spirit of cooperation.”
Efforts to provide safe drinking water from the tap in Seddon have been underway since at least 1975.
From the outset, council and residents had to wrestle with the cost of modern water treatment for a small community.
Awatere Seddon Water Group secretary Liz Cleaver says the move is one more step on the road to recovery for the township.
“… our wee town is well on the way to recovery after the destructive earthquakes of recent years.”
Drinking Water Assessor for Nelson Marlborough Health David Speedy, acknowledged the huge effort put in by water treatment staff and technical advisors to collect and present the compliance information.
“The Council and community can be justifiably proud that this plant is working as designed and meets the Drinking Water Standards for New Zealand,” he says.