Some not going with the flow

Mosgiel resident Ashley Thomson is frustrated after the Mosgiel water source was shifted to the...
Mosgiel resident Ashley Thomson is frustrated after the Mosgiel water source was shifted to the Dunedin city supply on Monday morning. PHOTO: PETER MCINTOSH
Feelings were mixed in Mosgiel yesterday as the township's water source switched from a bore supply to the Dunedin city supply.

The Otago Daily Times visited Mosgiel to gauge residents' reaction to the change.

Turkish Kitchen owner Emrah Arik was unfazed, saying he was not affected by the change. ``I just turned the water on ... nothing different really, just tastes the same.''

However, resident Ashley Thomson had strong feelings on the matter.

``I'm not impressed at all, really,'' she said.

She knew people in Napier who had strongly chlorinated water that had eaten through their copper pipes.

``I don't have a filter ... I don't know if that's going to have to change,'' she said.

Fellow resident Lyn Whaanga said Mosgiel water was ``so much better than Dunedin''.

She said she was frustrated the town was not consulted before the decision was made.

At a press conference last week, Dunedin City Council chief executive Sue Bidrose said there was nothing wrong with Mosgiel's current bore source, which met the current New Zealand drinking water standards.

However, she cited the potential risk of contamination in the future and said switching to the Dunedin city supply was a proactive move.

 - Jack Conroy

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