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Published 15/02/2022

Featherston boil water notice update 2

UPDATE: All drinking water must be boiled in Featherston

Our crews have isolated the Boar Bush Reservoir from the rest of the Featherston drinking water network.

The network will be flushed, in the next couple of days, to ensure it is clear of any contaminants. When this is happening, users may experience lower pressure than normal. 

When the flushing process has been completed we take water samples for testing to confirm the water is safe to drink. We will monitor the network for at least three days to ensure the system is clear.

We anticipate the boil water notice to be in place until early next week.

Our crews are working as quickly as possible, and we will provide regular updates on our progress. We know this situation is frustrating for you and we appreciate your patience while we fix this issue.


The boil water notice applies to all businesses and residents connected to the urban water supply.

Boiling water will kill all disease-causing organisms, water must be boiled before:

  • Drinking,
  • Making baby formula, juice, or ice,
  • Washing fruit and vegetables,
  • Preparing food or cooking,
  • Or brushing teeth.

If you are washing dishes by hand then boiled water should be used. If your dishwasher has a hot setting, it can be used to wash dishes. If it doesn’t have a hot setting, once it’s finished, rinse the dishes in a bleach solution afterwards (2 drops unscented household bleach per 1 litre of water). Allow the dishes to completely air dry. You can continue to do your laundry as you normally would.


How to boil water for drinking:

Bring water to a rolling boil (where bubbles appear in the centre and do not disappear when the water is stirred) for one minute or boil a full electric jug until it switches off.

Cool water (do not use ice cubes to do this) and pour into clean container with a lid.

Refrigerate until needed.

Babies, young children, pregnant women, the elderly and people who have weakened immune systems are more at risk of illness. If you get diarrhoea, vomiting and/or a fever, get advice from your doctor or contact Healthline (0800 611 116).

For more information contact South Wairarapa District Council on 06 306 9611 or go to

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