Residents in parts of Mount Pleasant are being advised to boil their water following a loss of pressure in the water mains that supply the area.
Up to 300 properties were without water this afternoon while Christchurch City Council contractors worked urgently to restore water supply to homes.
Residents in the affected area should boil all water used for drinking, food preparation, utensil washing, brushing teeth or making ice until further notice.
“The boil water notice will remain in place until we are confident there is no contamination,’’ Council Manager of Technical Services Will Rowson says.
“Bringing water to the boil is sufficient to kill bugs. If you cannot boil water, treat it by adding one teaspoon of household bleach per 10 litres of water and leave for 30 minutes.’’
Mr Rowson says the boil water notice is a precaution, because the city’s water supply network relies on a constant pressure to prevent any contaminants entering pipes.
If the pressure drops, there is a chance the water could become contaminated when it starts flowing again.
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A dispute over vandalism and flooding damage means nearly $500,000 has been withheld from the sale of Christchurch's Cave Rock apartments.
The Sumner complex’s new owners say the sellers neglected to keep the property secure after an agreement was reached but before settlement was made. They claim the damage has forced them to change their plans for the site, including demolishing part of the complex they had planned to repair.
Some former owners claim the buildings were already badly damaged before the “as is, where is” agreement was made, and dispute they are liable for any of the claimed damage. They are frustrated an independent lawyer holding $480,000 of the sale price will not release any of it until all sellers reach an agreement with the buyers.
In a bid to overturn a scathing approval rating, Christchurch City Council is making moves to create a new residents’ forum.
The council says it wants people to feel they are being listened to and their views are respected. It also wants more people to trust the council’s decision-making process.
In May, the council released its annual residents’ survey, showing just half of the city’s residents were satisfied with the services it provided – down from 62 per cent last year.
Some 23 per cent of respondents were dissatisfied with council's performance and 27 per cent were neutral. It is the lowest result since 2007, when the question was first asked as part of the survey.
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