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Drinking Water Quality Assurance Rules

The Water Services Act 2021 & the New Drinking Water Quality Assurance Rules

The Water Services Act 2021 aims to improve drinking water safety in Aotearoa. As part of the new ‘compliance rules’, the Drinking Water Quality Assurance Rules are a comprehensive framework under Section 49 of the Act. These new rules offer clear instructions and guidance for drinking water suppliers to ensure compliance with the Water Services (Drinking Water Standards for New Zealand) Regulations 2022 and the Water Services Act 2021.

Originating from the old Drinking Water Standards for New Zealand 2005 (Revised 2018), the Assurance Rules differ significantly in some aspects.

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What has changed? Understanding the New Drinking Water Quality Assurance Rules

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  • Introducing various complexity levels helps to meet each water supply’s distinctiveness.
  • Rules differ depending on the supply size (very small ‹25; small 26-100; medium 101-500, large ›500 people).
  • Implementing a modular format, assists drinking water suppliers in finding the Assurance Rules that apply to their individual water supplies.
  • Placing a greater significance on water testing for early detection and, thereby, removing contamination risks.
  • Consequently, new requirements exists for testing source water and monitoring the whole distribution system.
  • Every water supply needs some kind of water treatment unless Taumata Arowai grants an exemption. In addition, large water supplies (›500) have chemical compliance rules.

Implications of the New Drinking Water Quality Assurance Rules

If the drinking water suppliers does not opt for Taumata Arowai‘s pre-designed Acceptable Solutions, they must take the following steps to comply with the legal conditions under the WSA and deliver potable water to the customers.

» Developing a Drinking Water Safety Plan to manage the risk & hazards of the water supply and keep the drinking water safe.

» Implementing a Source Water Risk Management Plan (if not a water carrier) to protect the water source from contamination.

» Introducing a Backflow Prevention program to the distribution system to prevent untreated water from entering the network.

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Aqua Works carry out the professional collection and analysis of water samples to clarify your water composition. Afterwards, applying our high-performance product solutions will provide safe drinking water and peace of mind.

Aqua Works, your competent partner for safe drinking water

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Every region in New Zealand has its specific characteristics and differs in the quality of its water.

» Does your business have a rain harvesting system?

» Do you retrieve your water from a river, stream or dam (surface water)?

» Is your drinking water supply a spring/ bore?

Firstly, we conduct a drinking water analysis with an accredited laboratory to understand the composition of your water supply. This ensures that the recommended product solutions align with your specific requirements. Consequently, you comply with New Zealand’s Drinking Water Standards to offer your customers healthy and potable water.

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In the past 20+ years, our water experts gained extensive knowledge and significant expertise in …

» Commercial water treatment

» Drinking water safety planning

» Water purification & UV water filtration systems

From our longterm experience, we greatly understand New Zealand’s various water sources (surface water, rainwater, groundwater and tank water) and the best suitable water treatment options.

Our primary focus lies in assisting local businesses to meet their legal obligations under the Drinking Water Standards of New Zealand and provide potable water for their customers and communities.

Comply with the Drinking Water Quality Assurance Rules for safe water!

The new Drinking Water Quality Assurance Rules contain important information for drinking water suppliers, water operators and homeowners. Hence, they support the management of public and private drinking water supplies. We strongly recommend familiarising yourself with these standards.

Call us today at 0800 Aqua Works and talk to our experts. We are dedicated to providing comprehensive support, ensuring that you comply with New Zealand’s Drinking Water Standards and have access to safe drinking water from every tap within your business and home.

High-performance water treatment solutions

Aqua Works offers a wide range of innovative professional and commercial water treatment products. By deploying the best suitable water filter, you will meet NZ’s Drinking Water Standards and have peace of mind knowing that your drinking water meets these high standards.

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Exceptional support for our business customers

Aqua Works has over 20 years of experience as a local expert in commercial water treatment for many industries. We offer water solutions supporting you to meet your individual needs and legal requirements. The modularity of our product range helps you to optimise investment costs. 

At the same time, it ensures the best purification of your water. We deliver customised water treatment solutions to keep your water safe wherever you need it in your business. Aqua Work’s water filtration systems, UV filter purification, water treatment, ozone systems, and water pumps combine sustainability, high performance and cost-efficiency. 

With years of experience and expert advice, our passionate team is here to help you every step of the way to clean and potable drinking water. Our maintenance service guarantees the continuous, reliable operation of the products used. Therefore, we recommend regular maintenance of all water treatment systems to detect possible malfunctions early.

Simultaneously, we eliminate the triggers and avoid costly replacements. And if something should happen spontaneously, call our 24/7 water pump emergency service. We will take care of your problem immediately and make sure that the water in your business is running again as quickly as possible.

At Aqua Works, we go the extra mile to ensure your water is healthy and fit for its purpose. Hence, all our water treatment products are field tried-and-tested, including our new innovative products and solutions. Want to experience our excellent UV filters, water filtration systems and water pumps or our high-quality UV filter service, water pump repairs or water pump service? Give us a call today at 0800 AQUA WORKS.