MARTINBOROUGH couple say the town water is contaminated and is making
them sick. But the South Wairarapa District Council says the problems
with dirty water isnt its fault.
couple, who chose not to be identified, said independent tests showed
the water has six times the safe level of coliforms for humans to
drink and is below World Health Organisation standards.
said they had been feeling unwell for some time and underwent a
raft of tests to find the cause. We went to the doctor
and had blood tests, X-rays, an ECG and other tests but they came
up negative. Finally we decided it might be the water and had it
tested. The tests came back saying it wasnt even fit for stock
report by Industrial Chemistry Services shows there was a count
of 62 coliform bacteria in each 100ml of water, meaning it fails
to meet World Health Organisation microbiological standards for
The count for human consumption should be less than 10 and less
than 50 for stock. Contamination may be due to seepage
from an oxidation pond or septic tank, or from surface water runoff.
This water is considered potentially harmful without treatment,
the report said.
couple said others within the town have similar symptoms to them, including
flu-like aches, burning eyes, a rough throat, lethargy and a rash, and
say the water is to blame. Both said it wasnt until they sat down
and discussed how they were feeling that they realised they were suffering
from the same symptoms.
the report from the industrial chemist came back they invested in a water
costing them $900, but there is more sediment than could be expected.
They said their rates should entitle them to clean drinking water.