July WMRA meeting recap

Another well attended West Melton Residents Association meeting at the Community Centre.  Guest speakers included Murray England, Water Assets Manager (5 Waters) at the Selwyn District Council and Nick Stoneman, a member of the Hornby Community Patrol and Community Patrols New Zealand.

Murray gave a comprehensive presentation, beginning with the history of the West Melton town water supply, then an overview of the current problems and the SDC’s plan to resolve these.  Murray explained how each of the 3 township bores had sequentially failed water quality tests and the steps SDC had made along the way to keep the potable water supply safe.  Currently, the Royston Common bore is offline, due to a recent change in water quality, where tests indicated the presence of ecoli following heavy rain.  The two bores from Preston Downs are currently ‘carrying the town’.