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Water Testing Laboratory

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This page contains information on the services provided by our Water Testing Laboratory for microbiological and chemical testing of water supplies for private customers, businesses, and Council.
Updated: 28/04/2020 9:21 a.m.

We offer testing services and provide information for private customers who have concerns about the quality and safety of their drinking water.

We can customise analyses to suit your needs and recommend that you contact the laboratory before you undertake sampling to ensure the correct type of samples are taken.

Testing services

Our Laboratory is accredited with International Accreditation New Zealand (IANZ) for a range of chemical and microbiological tests. We are also able to subcontract specialised tests which we do not perform ourselves. Our staff can collect samples from throughout Whangarei district.

The laboratory is involved in:

  • testing Whangarei and surrounding district's drinking water and ensuring the safety of the supply
  • monitoring the district's sewage discharges to ensure consent requirements are met
  • sampling and testing swimming pool water
  • industrial waste testing
  • other specialised tests for private customers.

All New Zealand drinking water is recommended to meet the standards set out by the Ministry of Health. We ensure that all households using the town water supply receive drinking water which complies with these standards.

Fees for testing

Follow the link below to view the current charges for specific sample tests which we perform. Eftpos payment is now available.

Directions for taking samples

Please select from the links below to view the technical notes for advice on taking a sample and how to interpret the results.

Directions for taking Samples - Microbiological [268kb]

Report Interpretation - Microbiological [276kb]

Directions for taking Drinking Water Samples [256kb]

Routine Drinking Water Profile [366kb]

Laboratory Water Sample Submission Form [70kb]

Compliance report

To indicate compliance with New Zealand Drinking Water Standards 2008, the water will be tested for E coli.

A written report detailing NZ Drinking Water Compliance will be issued. If required other analyses can be arranged, please contact us for more details.

Contact us

Postal:  Whangarei Wastewater Treatment Plant
             Kioreroa Rd
             Private Bag 9023
             Whangarei 0148
Phone:  +64 9 430 4220


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