Water tanks

Rainwater tanks

Collection of rain water for drinking and household use is common in the Far North, especially in more rural settings. However it is important that your water collection point—usually a roof—and your water tank are carefully maintained to avoid contamination. Possible source of contamination could include animal faeces entering the source of supply, lead flashings and lead-based paint products causing elevated lead levels in collected water, agrichemical spray drifts landing on roof and flushed into tanks with first rains, and the decomposition of leaves—all of which can cause taste or odour issues.

Tips for roof water and tanks

  1. Install a first-flush diverter. This is a device that flushes to waste the first 50–150 litres of water depending on your roof area. The first runoff usually contains the majority of contaminants, especially after long dry spells.
  2. Use plastic pipes
  3. Avoid planting trees beside the house
  4. The storage tank should be covered to prevent further contamination from animals and birds, and to minimise evaporation losses
  5. A two-tank system is better than one large tank, as the first tank can be used primarily as a settling tank with the second tank being the draw off.
  6. Clean and disinfect the system every 6-12 months including the guttering.

Water testing

There are a number of companies around the district that offer water testing if you suspect your tank water may be contaminated. Most tank suppliers also stock water testing kits.

Buying water

If you run out of water, there are bulk water carriers registered to use a Council filling point and deliver drinking water in your area. This is not a Council service and we do not take any responsibility for the quality of water once it leaves the filling station point. We recommend that you ask your carrier for written confirmation that they have sourced the water from the council’s supply and that it meets Ministry of Health standards. Usually they will supply this without being asked. If however they cannot do this, contact the Council for advice.

During periods of low rainfall, people on tank water should do their bit to save water. Refills are coming from the Council’s community supply and it is in everyone’s interest to save water and prolong the supply.

Here’s a list of Council-approved bulk water carriers who will supply you with water sourced from the Council supply.

We recommend that you ask your carrier for written confirmation that they have sourced the water from the council’s supply and that it meets Ministry of Health standards. Usually they will supply this without being asked. If however they cannot do this, contact the Council for advice.

KAITAIA

Coast 2 Coast Water Supplies

Robert Harris
Phone: 0800 463339
Mobile: 0210500823
Email:robertharris855@gmail.com

KAIKOHE

Edward T Court

ET Court
Phone: 09 401 1276
Fax: 09 401 3076
Mobile: 027 554 5368

The Waterboys(Kaikohe Water Supplies)

Frank and Sara Veldhuizen
Phone: 0800 029 929
Mobile: 021 420 237
After hours: 09 401 9241
Email:Khoh2o@outlook.com

Coast 2 Coast Water Supplies

Robert Harris
Phone: 0800 463339
Mobile: 0210500823
Email:robertharris855@gmail.com

KAWAKAWA / MOEREWA

Russell Contracting

Jill Hornell and Chris Hornell
Phone: 09 403 7107
Mobile: 027 479 8204 or 027 493 2904
Email:hornell@xtra.co.nz

Edward T Court

ET Court
Phone: 09 401 1276
Fax: 09 401 3076
Mobile: 027 554 5368

The Waterboys

Frank and Sara Veldhuizen
Phone: 0800 029 929
Mobile: 021 420 237
After hours: 09 401 9241
Email:Khoh2o@outlook.com

Coast 2 Coast Water Supplies

Robert Harris
Phone: 0800 463339
Mobile: 0210500823
Email:robertharris855@gmail.com

KERIKERI

SiteWorx Northland Ltd

M McCaughan
Phone: 09 407 3184
Fax: 09 407 3185
Mobile: 021 407 925
Email:mike@siteworx.co.nz

Kerikeri Water Supplies

J Kiff
Phone: 09 407 4433
Mobile: 027 4521 450
Email:moana.kiff@xtra.co.nz

Zap Water

Perry & Gavin Dahl
Phone: 09 405 1868
Mobile: 021 504 695 or 021 352 422
Email:tarafarm@gmail.com

Coast 2 Coast Water Supplies

Robert Harris
Phone: 0800 463339
Mobile: 0210500823
Email:robertharris855@gmail.com

PAIHIA

Russell Contracting

Jill Hornell and Chris Hornell
Phone:09 403 7107
Mobile: 027 479 8204 or 027 493 2904
Email:hornell@xtra.co.nz

SiteWorx Northland Ltd

M McCaughan
Phone: 09 407 3184
Fax: 09 407 3185
Mobile: 021 407 925
Email: mike@siteworx.co.nz

Northland Earthmoving

Dave Owens
Phone: 09 404 1933
Email:d.owens@xtra.co.nz