Schools Get Water Filters As New Zealand Lake & River Pollution Worsens

Intensive farming, much it from mega dairies (with herds of over 1,000 dairy cows), has caused many of new Zealand’s lakes and waterways to become polluted, with smaller towns and rural areas especially prone to water quality issues. A new project to improve the water quality in schools will see new innovative water filtration systems installed in 60 schools around the country. Many of the schools involved in the project are located in smaller towns and rural areas which have water quality compliance issues according to the New Zealand Ministry of Health’s Annual Report on Drinking Water Quality 2013-2014.

Schools in urban areas will also be part of the project since the water supplies they use are often heavily treated to help kill bacteria, because chemicals like chlorine remain in the water when it enters a school or a household. To meet compliance requirements of the Drinking-water Standards For New Zealand, a water supply must meet the bacteriological, protozoal, and chemical standards which measure everything from E. Coli and giardia through to chemical contaminants such as chlorine by-product trihalomethanes…Read More (PDF)


April 4, 2015

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