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3:12 PM Friday May  19, 2017

Public health responding to E. coli contamination on Waiheke

The Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) has been notified on May 18 2017 of E coli bacteria in the water supply for two schools on Waiheke Island – Waiheke High School and Te Huruhi Primary School.

ARPHS has provided the schools with information and advice on how to respond to the situation and is liaising closely with the Ministry of Education on this issue. ARPHS will continue to work with both schools to verify that they have completed remedial actions to ensure the water supply can return to normal operation.

The role of ARPHS is to provide technical advice to schools about providing safe drinking water and how to respond to contamination incidents. Public health has not received any recent notifications of gastroenteritis among school children from medical services on the island. From the information received so far there is currently no indication of a gastroenteritis outbreak.

ARPHS website has more information on drinking water safety in the Auckland region.

Waiheke High School and Te Huruhi School is classified as a self-supply drinking water system. The Ministry of Education and the schools take the lead role for the operation and maintenance of schools that have a self-supply water system.

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