Havelock North inquiry: Calls for treatment of all water

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Tuesday, 8 August 2017, 8:47AM
Nearly a year on, questions raised by the Havelock North gastro outbreak about drinking water are still being asked. Photo / Paul Taylor

There are calls for treatment of all water, as the government inquiry into the Havelock North water contamination enters its second stage.

More than 5000 people were struck down by campylobactor in August last year when the bacteria made it made its way into the area's water supply.

Water manager for Harrison Grierson, Iain Rabbitts, told Mike Hosking it's not mandatory for water to be treated in New Zealand.

"The problem with that is you get it out of the ground and it might be fantastic in the ground, and then you put it in a pipe that's 60 years old and it's got leaks and it's got cross connections and it's got bioslimes growing in it and all this sort of thing."

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