Palmerston North City Council is now providing a source of fluoride-free water for those residents who want it.
A centrally located tap has been installed which draws off water from the Papaioea Park bore so that water can be collected by residents who prefer not to drink water with fluoride added. The water from this tap is chlorinated.
“We know there are some residents who would like to drink non-fluoridated water and we hope this will give them an option,” Dora Luo, Council’s water asset engineer said. The installation of the tap was adopted in the 2014/15 Annual Plan Dora says.
“At the moment there are one or two issues around access, but we are working on making the whole area more user friendly,” Dora said.
The water will only be available from 6:30am to 9:00pm due to the operational hours of the bore. Water is supplied to this location from other sources in the City on other times.
The tap is installed on the eastern side of the yellow building closest to the Papaioea Park entrance on Featherston Street. It is planned to shift the tap closer to the street frontage as soon as security fencing can be erected. The tap is self-closing to minimise any unnecessary water wastage.