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?'
'Yes. There is no health risk from drinking our tap water'.
Then they ask the question. 'Why are we chlorinating water?'
'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?
'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?
'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?
'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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