The first test results of water from parts of Dunedin where a boil water notice is in place has returned clear readings.
The city council said last night that the samples, taken on Tuesday, were within normal safe drinking standards.
Staff will meet Public Health South officials today to see if the readings can be classed as the first day of clear test results.
Three days of clear test results are needed before the boil water notice can be lifted.
The notice was issued on Tuesday morning after untreated water was found to be entering the treated supply.
Earlier yesterday, Mayor Dave Cull said a $100,000 fund was being set up for small businesses and residents that might have suffered hardship from the water quality issue.
He said the fund, equivalent to a week’s budgeted commercial water revenue, would provide discretionary grants.
Details of how it would work, including application criteria and grant limit, would be confirmed over the coming days.
Mr Cull said he was pleased with the “openness and transparency” with which council staff responded to the situation.
“As soon as they became aware of the issue, they took immediate action to stop any more untreated water entering the water supply and issued the boil water notice,” he said.
“They also got full messages out to people in the affected area.”
The boil water notice applies to about 1720 residential and 825 commercial properties in central and north Dunedin.
Drinking water has been made available from tankers at various locations. NZN