Water. It’s an essential element that serves multiple purposes in our daily lives. Many people living in New Zealand take their water quality for granted. After all, safety testing systems are in place that test, clean, and distribute water, right?
Unfortunately, there are potential dangers or contaminants that can infect your water between its source and your residential or commercial premises. That’s why regularly testing your water plays such a vital role.
In this blog post, we’re dispelling the myth that water doesn’t need to be tested. Whether you live rurally with a water pump or live in an urban area with a city-wide water network, there’s always more to know about what you’re drinking.
Today, we’ll delve into the significance of water testing. Specifically, we’ll explore how it ensures your safety, helps you stay compliant, and might even save you money.
Keep Your Drinking Water Safe
First off, one of the biggest reasons to test your water is to guarantee your safety. We should drink around two litres of water daily to stay hydrated, and every sip hides a potential source of danger. Living in clean, green New Zealand could encourage you to take the safety of this drinking water for granted, but this safety isn’t always guaranteed.
Residential and commercial properties alike depend on a safe and reliable water supply. By regularly testing your water, you can quickly detect contaminants like bacteria, chemical pollutants, heavy metals, and more. These can pass into your drinking water on its way to your tap, whether through old plumbing systems or unexpected contaminants along the way.
Protect Against Waterborne Diseases
Similarly, waterborne diseases are a serious concern that pose a big risk to your health. These diseases can stem from contaminants in water sources, but they can also occur as a result of on-site issues with your water system. Standing water, unexpected leaks, or contaminants are especially common on rural properties disconnected from the municipal supply.
Regular water testing helps identify dangers like E. coli, Giardia, or Cryptosporidium quickly enough to mitigate the risks. Much like the recent Cryptosporidium outbreak in Queenstown, these issues can strike the places that least expect them.
Preserve Your Plumbing Infrastructure
Aside from your safety, poor water quality can also affect your plumbing infrastructure in the long term. Minerals and corrosive elements present in hard water can build up over time, causing corrosion and scaling in your building’s plumbing. Left alone, this can quickly escalate into a major issue, with costly repairs following closely behind.
Regular water testing helps pick out any issues with your internal plumbing system. Rather than dealing with burst or blocked pipes at the worst possible time, find preventative solutions that could save you thousands of dollars.
Comply with New Zealand Regulations
This is particularly important for commercial or industrial premises with independent water pumps. New Zealand regulations have a specific limit for organic and inorganic material present in drinking water, all of which must be strictly adhered to.
Not only is staying compliant important for legal reasons, but it’s also vital for maintaining the well-being of your community. By testing your water regularly, you’ll stay on top of your water composition and tackle any issues in their early stages.
Be Environmentally Responsible
Finally, sustainability is a massive consideration when testing your water. This simple test goes well beyond the confines of your property’s boundaries. You can help prevent the release of harmful pollutants into natural water sources!
By identifying and addressing contaminants quickly, you can help isolate these incidents before they become more widespread. Rivers, lakes, and groundwater are not infinitely renewable resources, so keeping them healthy for generations to come is important.
Aside from potential pollutants, regular testing will also help detect if there are any opportunities to make your system more sustainable. Corrosion or the presence of heavy metals can be a sign of an old, environmentally harmful water system on your property. Removing degraded components from the water delivery system will preserve your health and the health of your immediate surroundings.
At the end of the day, you’re using water every single day. This vital element plays a significant role in your life, from drinking water to water used for cleaning. That’s why we recommend regularly testing your water quality, no matter where your home or business is.
Go one step further and conduct regular maintenance on your on-site water system. Our maintenance services include comprehensive water testing, as well as a systems check to ensure everything is operating smoothly. Learn more about this in our annual water pump servicing breakdown.
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