In October and December we’re testing bore water quality across the Motueka / Riwaka Plains.
Our aim is to identify:
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.
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.
Local bores source water from the underground aquifer (water-bearing ground layers) that are underneath the Motueka / Riwaka Plains. The water comes from rivers and rainfall which soaks in through the land. There are many potential sources of contamination.
We want to identify health risks.
For household bores (where the water supply is used only by the people on that property) there is no requirement for the property owner to regularly test the water quality. Most of these household bores are ‘pile driven’ and shallow (4 - 6 m deep).
Private bores in the Motueka / Riwaka Plains also supply multiple houses, businesses, public facilities, community centres and schools. As the water from private bores is not piped through a Council treatment plant, there is no testing or treatment of these bores by Council to ensure water quality meets national standards. This means it is up to the property owner where the bore is located to test the water quality.
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.
We will select you! Throughout September, we will be visiting a number of properties (businesses and residential) we have identified across the Motueka / Riwaka Plains.
These properties will be given the option to join the survey and get a free water sample from their bore.
There is no obligation to join the survey, but if you would like to join please let us know as soon as possible so we can confirm your property the list.
Let Melanie Westley know that you want to be a part of the survey via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (direct dial 543 8680). Or contact Joseph Thomas (direct dial 543 8494).
Our staff (identified by their official Council name badge) and a contractor from Public Health will need to access your property to sample water from your bore and record your bore details.
If there are any hazards on your property that we need to be aware of (e.g. dogs, stock, onsite Health and Safety procedures) it would be good for us to know.
We will be in contact with you via email or telephone within the fortnight before we will be around to sample your bore to let you know roughly what day/time we expect to be on your property.
There is no need for you to be at home but if you would like to be present please let us know and we can arrange an appointment time.
No, the water sample is free of charge. We will make a copy of the water testing results available to you, again at no charge.
No. Currently there are no plans to connect anyone with their own private bore onto the Council reticulated supply.
If you are keen to participate, please email Melanie.Westley@tasman.govt.nz, or phone 03 543 8680.
Alternatively contact Joseph Thomas, resource scientist, on 543 8494.