Some Papamoa locals have raised concerns, after reports of a series of mysterious symptoms were recorded in the area on Monday.
A number of Residents in Sandhurst Drive, Blossom Grove and Golden Sands in Papamoa, have claimed to display symptoms of swollen glands and skin irritations including rashes and puffy eyes.
The health concerns come after an issue was discovered with the water supply to a small number of properties near Wilson Road South in Paengaroa and Arawa Road in Pongakawa, where higher pH levels were recorded on the same day.
Tauranga City Council communications advisor, Marcel Currin says there are no current concerns with the water supply to the Papamoa area.
“We've followed this up. Tauranga City Council has had no customer phone calls about this and there are no water quality issues logged in our customer reporting system.”
“Quality tests that are done regularly to check drinking water standards show everything is normal in the water supply system right across the city including Papamoa.”
He says the city's drinking water supply is separate to Paengaroa and Pongakawa with different water sources and a different treatment system.
“The annual mains flushing at Papamoa starts next week, which sometimes makes the water discolored but has nothing to do with pH levels that caused some skin irritation issues at Paengaroa and Pongokawa.”
Toi Te Ora Public Health Service Medical Officer of Health, Neil de Wet says the symptoms denote signs of cold and flu viruses.
“It's difficult to know without seeing people directly,” says Neil.
“To me it sounds generally more like the variety of cold and flu viruses that circulate in winter – something pretty normal this time of year.”
Those inhibiting similar symptoms are advised to visit their local GP in the first instance.