Thought I would pass this on, as members here in Christchurch may not have received this leaflet in their mailbox as of yet.

Yesterday on Sunday the 18th March 2018 sometime during the day the Christchurch City Council did a leaflet drop in my area concerning temporary chlorination of our water supply.

On the leaflet, they did not mention how long temporary was, but the start date is, Monday the 26th of March 2018.

The last time they did this here was after the main Earthquakes of 2011.

On the back of the leaflet, they list a number of questions, which I quote in its entirety.

'Is Christchurch water safe to drink?'

Their reply.

'Yes. There is no health risk from drinking our tap water'.

Then they ask the question. 'Why are we chlorinating water?'

Their reply.

'Current monitoring shows there is a very small risk of contamination entering the water supply through the wellheads. We are temporarily chlorinating the water supply on the advice from public health professionals because chlorination provides another barrier just in case.' 

Then under this, they write.

Is chloride safe?

Their reply.

'Current studies indicate that using or drinking water with small amounts of chloride does not cause harmful health effects. Its widespread use has been a major factor in reducing illness from waterborne diseases.

'Chlorinated water can be harmful to tropical fish, so water used to top up fish tanks should be de-chlorinated (talk to your pet supply stores).It can have also affect beer brewing or food preparation using yeast cultures'.

Then they write.

Can chloride affect existing health conditions?

Their reply.

'In a small number of people, chloride can be an irritant for an existing condition such as asthma or eczema. If you feel your skin getting dry or ''itchy'' use moisturiser after having a shower or bath. If you notice increased skin irritation, asthma symptoms - seek medical advice from your GP. Even with the small volume of chloride used, some people will be able to taste it and some will notice the smell.'

Finally, they ask?

'Can I have a bath, wash vegies and do the dishes with chlorinated water?

Their answer.

'Yes. There is no need to make any changes to how you use water.'

I remember the horrible chloride in our water back in 2011.

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Comment by Greg Cunningham on March 20, 2018 at 20:58

Many thanks for the info Martin. Will do that. Geez I have over 100 litres stored here. My mother was (she is still alive) a firm believer, and swore on drinking a glass of Cider-Vinegar every day (diluted with water). I'm doing that now. I did read here a while back that cider-vinegar helps cleanse the body of toxins.

Comment by Martin Harris on March 20, 2018 at 20:01

Stand your drinking water in the fridge in a glass jar overnight. Chlorine gone.

Yes I've known about this for months Greg. It's been taken out of the hands of CCC just like fluoride. 

CCC has been scared witless by the poisoning scares elsewhere in NZ.

yes Fluoride WILL follow and yes we did protest to no avail.

Comment by Greg Cunningham on March 20, 2018 at 17:49

Thanks for comments and advice. I did think of Floride too. I wish I could afford a water filter system for all of the house, but am on a real tight budget. I have some backup water stored in plastic containers, some from back to 2015, which I am refreshing and those containers show no signs of contamination, like brown stains etc. Least it doesn't have the horrid taste of chloride in it.

Comment by Ant on March 20, 2018 at 15:09

Also chlorine is implicated in heart disease.Apparently in the 1920s or so when chlorine was first added to drinking water-heart disease was not a proble but after clorination and the more of it used-heart disease became more prevalent=more drugs=big pharma profits=death and destruction of folks lives.I ama chronic asthmatic and am affected by chlorine and the gas that is emmited.

Comment by Ant on March 20, 2018 at 15:02

Pblic health officials???My guts hurts-hahahahahahahah.What a mess.

Comment by Doreen Agostino on March 20, 2018 at 13:54

Research a 'whole home carbon system'. It removes everything from water where the water enters your home. Another option is shower filters to minimize inhaling chlorine gas while showering and skin absorption.

Replacing shower filters adds up. A whole home system filter can last up to 5 years depending on # people in the home, and how hard the water is, and you know water from every tap in the house is safe.

If you use a water softener, consider a reverse osmosis water filter system in the kitchen for drinking and cooking. Be safe everyone!

Comment by Michael Rose on March 20, 2018 at 12:57

Q: Can "chlorinated" be spelled F l o r i d a t e d ?
Answer: Not unless we fail to sneak it in without you knowing

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