All’s well with most wells

Taranaki’s groundwater is in overall healthy condition, with nitrate and bacteria levels far below levels of concern apart from only a few localised problem sites, the Policy and Planning Committee was told.

The Council’s latest monitoring report shows that the vast majority of regularly surveyed wells are well within national thresholds –  for example, nitrates at 94% of the 35 monitored wells met the drinking water standards. Where levels are exceeded, they are generally not in wells used for water supply, and in some cases reflect poor well construction or protection methods. Exceedances are followed up by Council officers to ensure that regulations are complied with and that there is no threat to groundwater aquifer quality, or to bore users.

See the report here: (PDF, 2.1 MB)


- Taranaki Regional Council