How safe is your water source?
If your water comes from a water collection tank, it's up to you to keep it safe and free from contaminants.
|In the tank - organic matter like leaves, dead animals and their faeces could be washed down the spouting into the water tank.||Regularly clean spouting, roof and tank. Install mesh screens on spouting.|
|Buying water - Many residents need to buy water during the summer. Water carriers are advised to follow standard procedures to ensure safety of water supplies.||Always use a reputable water carrier and ask what the source of the water is before ordering.|
|Water in the ground|
|Springs - Water quality depends on where the spring is recharged from. If that is a bush catchment - the quality is likely to be high, however, if farm animals have access, they are a potential source of pollution||Fence off water source to exclude stock and protect it from run-off. Ensure sound piping in place from source to storage tanks.|
|Streams - Steams and rivers are high risk. It's not recommended as a drinking water source||Virtually impossible to prevent contamination.|
|Bores - Ground water varies in bacterial & chemical composition, depending on bore depth and aquifer source. In Poverty Bay, it usually contains dissolved iron, which can affect the taste and cause staining.||Council samples a number of wells within the Poverty Bay aquifer system to assess quality. Check with our water conservation team for further information about results.|
If you think you may have a problem with your tank water, please contact our environmental health team.