Positive E.coli test on Napier reservoir. Water supply chlorinated for a little over a week as a precaution.
• Tail ends of Cyclones Debbie and Cook successively hit Hawke’s Bay hard.
• Inundated Napier city water system discharges “2,500,000 of wastewater into Pandora Estuary”
• “About 20 per cent of the 2.5m litres was sewage”
Second positive E.coli test in Napier water supply. Council “chooses to chlorinate the system for ‘up to a month’”
Council’s asset strategy manager quoted as saying: “they would determine the chlorination was no longer necessary when they had stable residual chlorine levels across the network.” (odd line – were they currently UNSTABLE?)
Over all Napier has its first “Wintery” winter (cold and wet) in many years
4 July 2017:
Napier Rates increase by 4.9% – Originally slated to by 3.9%, but a further 1% added “for water-related costs.”
Dom Post reports “Chlorine is highly unlikely to be removed from Napier’s water this month, as previously stated by the council, and there is no telling when, or if, it will be removed.”
Friday 1 December:
Dompost reports: Napier City Council announced they were shutting off the city’s chlorine-free taps in Taradale’s Tareha Recreational Reserve “until further notice”, and would be chlorinating the Otatara reservoir following a “low level” E. coli reading.
Sunday 3 December:
• Very hot day – 27-28 degrees at least.
• Two cruise ships in Napier Port carrying 5,500 passengers and crew (making Napier’s “population jump by almost 10%” according to council Facebook post).
• Napier residents allegedly use 570 litres per capita, when the average use per capita is about 300 litres per person, per day, according to Napier Mayor (see link below)
Just FYI: An average toilet flush is somewhere between 6 and 13.6 litres (making 35-70 litres per person, per day). Could 5,000 cruise ship passengers all suddenly needing to go to the toilet have caused the extra water usage?
Monday 4 December
Dom post reports an update on Napier’s drinking water problems will be discussed behind closed council doors in order to protect councilors and staff from “improper pressure or harassment“.
Napier City Council notifies via news agencies, website and Facebook that said its reservoirs had dropped to “critically low levels”.
“That means if we don’t act now, we run the very real risk of running out of water at some stage soon. Maybe even tonight.”
One sprinkler still going at Napier’s McLean Park – deemed unusable this international cricket season due to drainage issues.
Tuesday 5 December:
Napier mayor blames city residents for ‘critically low’ water levels.
Meanwhile, Throughout this time there has been growing public concern over NCC actions and secrecy.