Welcome to AQUA FILTER SOUTHERN LAKES/CENTRAL OTAGO
I have spent most of my working life dealing with seafood at retail or processing levels. With dutch parents, that meant standing on a nail box on a Sunday morning at the age of 7 selling fish in the family shop. After completing a commerce degree and then a number of years in seafood retail, I travelled extensively for 18mths through Australia, Asia and Europe. Returning to NZ I worked with my older brother processing value added seafood products and helped take the business from half a million dollars in sales per annum to over ten million dollars. During this time I also became responsible not only for the operations of the business but also implemented and maintained the food safety program required for local and export markets.
In 2015, my wife Simone and I, took a change of direction by moving to Queenstown and opened a small bed and breakfast. With an interest in health related issues and a knowledge of the key part water plays in being healthy, when the opportunity to become involved with Aqua Filter as a licensee for Southern Lakes & Central Otago, it was a fairly easy choice.
When I’m not making beds or installing water filters, you can find me refereeing the local senior football league or teaching and dancing tango.
Helping provide people with solutions to their specific water issues is a challenge that excites me, while still being able to enjoy the remarkable place in which I’m lucky enough to call home.
Water Issues Southern Lakes/Central Otago
There are a number of good quality supplies in the area. It seems common for many towns to have good bacteria compliance, but no protozoa compliance. Small supplies are less likely to have good compliance than larger ones.
For more information on compliance in your town, please click here and type in the name of your water supply and click search.
A well known fruit producing 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.
Surface Water (Streams, Rivers, Creeks Dams etc)
Surface water sources 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 and iron.
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.
Occasional 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.
Southern Lakes/Central Otago Service Areas
Lake Roxburgh Village
Old Man Range