The New Zealand Drinking Water Standards are the government issued regulatory requirements for the consumption of drinking water.
Drinking water quality will vary greatly depending on rainfall run-off and the land use of the surrounding catchment. It is always advisable to check whether your drinking water meets the requirements of the New Zealand Drinking Water Standards. This is especially important as water quality is largely impacted by the local environment and can be impacted by contaminants such as nitrates and E. coli.
Testing drinking water is covered by our Routine Water profile and we have a number of different kits with instructions for different types of drinking water, such as bore water, rainwater and surface water.
In April 2018, we began updating our drinking water sampling process to be compliant with the new IANZ Specific Criteria - Ministry of Health Register of Drinking Water Testing Laboratories (Third Edition)2guidelines. Click here to read more about the changes and how they may affect you.