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Mr Sheppard, a property owner and businessman who lives in North Dunedin, first noticed problems when his washing machine began filling with brown water on Monday afternoon.
By yesterday, the water emerged brown-tinged and swirling with sediment.
''I went to get a drink of water and, gee, I wouldn't drink it. It was bad,'' he said.
The council responded yesterday morning by rolling out a fleet of water tankers, as it raced to rectify the problem.
Mr Sheppard said it was ''fairly serious stuff''.