E.coli in Martinborough water supply

There are drinking water stations in around Martinborough Square for those visiting the fair...
There are drinking water stations in around Martinborough Square for those visiting the fair today. Photo: South Wairarapa District Council

E. coli has been detected in the water supply to a Wairarapa town hosting a popular event today.

The South Wairarapa District Council said a boil water notice has been issued for anyone connected to Martinborough's water supply.

The notice was issued after low levels of the bacteria were found in the town's drinking water on Friday.

Water is being trucked in for people to drink at today's Martinborough Fair, as the water supply is contaminated.

Some 200 litre tanks of fresh drinking water will be stationed around the town square, but organisers also recommend people bring their own water if possible.

South Wairarapa District Council assets and operations manager Lawrence Stephenson said testing was under way to trace the contamination.

"All our testing of the actual water going into the network has come out clear and the treatment plant itself has been operating well. We're trying to identify the source in the actual network."

Mr Stephenson said water in Martinborough was not chlorinated, as the chlorine reacted to manganese in the water, turning it brown.

The council said people should also boil water that is being used to wash food, or for brushing teeth.

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