Some plumbing fittings have the potential to allow minute traces of metals to accumulate in water standing in the fittings for several hours.
Although the health risk is small, the Ministry of Health recommends that you discard a mugful of water from your drinking water tap each morning, before use, to remove any metals that may have dissolved from the plumbing fittings.
This simple precaution is recommended for all households, including those on public and private water supplies.
It is important to note that heavy metals are not a problem with the supplied water itself, but rather when water dissolves heavy metals found in household plumbing fittings.
Horowhenua District Council is legally required to publish this notice as part of compliance with the Drinking-water Standards for New Zealand 2005 (Revised 2008).