Dunedin lead water: Affected residents anxiously waiting for blood test results

Residents in the Dunedin towns of Waikouaiti and Karitane are anxiously waiting for blood test results.

The Southern District Health Board (DHB) has opened a community blood testing hub after traces of lead 40 times the acceptable limit were found in the town's water supply.

These blood tests can't come soon enough for people like Michael Hunter and his family - who have faced an anxious few days since finding out last Thursday.

"Hopefully the results are good, I am hoping that everything's fine," Hunter told Newshub.

The Southern DHB says the combined results of the blood tests will be analysed and compared to try and ascertain if there is any ongoing exposure to lead in the water supply.

It will also help it understand if there are areas of higher risk.

Boxes of fresh fruit and vegetables have also been trucked in from out of town.

The fresh produce is being handed out to residents until the effects of eating homegrown vegetables irrigated with potentially contaminated water is known.

"They're giving it away so I thought I'd grab one while I went past," a resident told Newshub.

Fresh fruit and veggies that will continue to be given out - until the extent of this Otago town's water crisis is completely understood.