Motueka bore water quality survey

We're testing bore water quality in Motueka and Riwaka and would like to work with landowners who have private bores to identify health risks.

In October and December we’re testing bore water quality across the Motueka / Riwaka Plains.

Our aim is to identify:

  • Any health risks to water users
  • Any changes from previous results in the area.

What information will the Council collect?

Water samples will be taken from selected private domestic bore water takes and the details of the bore will be recorded. Samples will to be sent to an accredited laboratory for testing. We will make a copy of the testing results available to the property owner once the survey has completed.

Free to take part

If you are invited to take part in this water monitoring exercise, there is no cost. However, we do need your permission to access your property to sample water quality and record results.

We will make a copy of the results available to you, again at no charge.

What are the issues with water sourced from bores?
Why is testing important?

About this project

Motueka has an estimated 2000 private domestic bore water takes Local bores source water from rivers and ground aquifers. These are fed by rainfall which soaks in through the land, and there are many potential sources of contamination. As the water is not piped through a council treatment plant, there is no testing or treatment to ensure water quality meets national standards.

Approximately one-third of the houses in Motueka are connected to the Tasman District Council water supply. This makes Motueka the largest town in New Zealand that doesn’t have a fully reticulated (networked) supply.

How do I get selected?
If my property has been selected, how do I become part of the survey?
Once I am a part of the survey, is there anything I have to do?
Is there a cost for me to be a part of the survey?
Will the results of this survey mean I have to join the Tasman District Council reticulated water supply?

More information

If you are keen to participate, please email, or phone 03 543 8680.

Alternatively contact Joseph Thomas, resource scientist, on 543 8494.



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