Welcome to AQUA FILTER CANTERBURY
Hi, Ken here from Aqua Filter Canterbury.
I am a local living in the beautiful town of Lincoln with my family and enjoy being based in the South Island with all of the great outdoors experiences we have on offer.
By way of introduction I have been managing Hotels in the South Island for several years and was born in sunny Gore. I had been looking for an opportunity to have my own business for several years and when the Aqua Filter business came up I jumped at the chance to join the team and further enhance the water quality solution for South Islanders.
Aqua Filter Canterbury commenced in 2017 with the mission to expand the reach of Aqua ( business started in 1994 in the North Island), providing quality drinking water solutions initially in Christchurch and then the surrounding areas. With a number of existing installations already in place Aqua was already known to a good number of customers and installers. The time to establish a footprint in the South was due. It was important to back our existing and new sales with the service of the equipment and meeting the needs of the local clients.
My family have experienced first hand the effects of contaminated water. First from rain water when we were renting in rural Waimauku. With both daughters and my wife affected it was not a pleasant experience for them.
The next time was from a small country town in the South Island where “there is nothing wrong with our water” was the response from the locals. We learned of a number of new locals who had also suffered from the same infection as we did.
It was clear to me there had to be an opportunity to make safe drinking water – now our new challenge begins…
Since I have been involved with Aqua we have supplied solutions for all sorts of water types from: rainwater harvesting (tank water), mains water (specifically chlorine removal) rivers, plus homes drawing from surface waters like springs and creeks. Aqua Filter has developed a reputation as problem solver and we are the go to people for your drinking water needs.
I am passionate about quality drinking water and providing first class customer service.
Water Issues Canterbury Area
Christchurch has a great quality supply, though the recent chlorination has caused some consternation among residents. The council have been putting in a lot of work to upgrade the wellheads around the city.
Other towns in the area are a mixed bag, with many having great quality supplies which are fully compliant, some complying with bacteria standards (which are the most important), but not with protozoa, and some not complying with either.
For more information on compliance in your town, please click here and type in the name of your water supply and click search.
A strongly agricultural area, there are many individual supplies, and many of these are on bore or rain water. The owners themselves are responsible for the safety of their water.
These can include bacteria like E.coli, Salmonella and Campylobacter. Viruses like Hepatitis A & E, Norovirus and Calcivirus. As well as Protozoan parasites like Giardia.
Any water supply which is not a Town mains which meets drinking water standards should be considered a possible source of microbiological contamination.
As these are living organisms, they are likely to be present intermittently and the number of them present will vary.
These are commonly found in rain water supplies, a surface waters, springs and shallow or unsecured bores. This can also be a concern with some water schemes, particularly irrigation schemes that some people have connected to their homes.
As with all areas, what issues are present will depend on where the water is coming from.
Chemically rain water is very good, however as it falls through the air, it dissolves in some Carbon Dioxide, which makes it slightly acidic and corrosive to metal plumbing. This is more noticeable in plastic tanks, concrete tanks can offer some protection as they raise pH slightly.
There are a good number of people on these supplies supply in the region, these often have undesirable levels of iron, manganese, hardness, Silica, low pH and Nitrate. Nitrate is becoming a particular area of concern for the region, which Ashburton and surrounds being the hardest hit with unacceptably high levels (>11.3 mg/L Nitrate-N) now commonly found, even on bores >30m deep.
Surface Water (Streams, Rivers, Creeks Dams etc)
Surface water sources are not common in this area. Those which are present tend to have heavy levels of sediment in them after rains and they can become discoloured from dissolved organic matter. Depending on the land they flow through, some can also have other mineral issues, like hardness, iron and Nitrate.
Most town supplies have chlorine in them for our safety, but some consumers may find the taste or smell unacceptable.
We recommend that consumers check their town supply on the website link above, to ensure that they are happy with the level of compliance of the water that they are drinking.
Occasionally a small community may create their own water scheme to provide water to a number of houses in an area without a town supply. Some of these may leave the responsibility for drinking water safety in the hands of the home owner who has elected to connect to the scheme. These need to be tested and depending on the water source may experience some of the water issues described above.
Canterbury Service Areas
Stag And Spey
The Pines Beach
Le Bons Bay