Water tank owners are able to clean their tank and keep the water, too, thanks to an innovative new service.
Safe H20 Auckland chief executive officer Hamish Grey has brought his country-first water tank cleaning technology to cover Puhoi to Maungaturoto, and the wider Auckland region.
He has been operating in the central North Island since February, and the Safe H2O system has been successfully running for six years elsewhere.
Sediment is vacuumed from the bottom of the tank before the water is pumped through a specialised truck and filtered, using nano-filtration to 0.001 microns, to remove any bacteria or dangerous contaminants.
Hamish decided to bring the service to the northern market after hearing about recent droughts and the difficulty in sourcing water.
“Water is a precious commodity, and especially as climate change continues to affect weather, it’s important not to waste it,” he says.
The Ministry of Health recommends that water tanks be cleaned annually, and Hamish says it is important to continually do a visual check of sediment build up.
“Whether it’s birds, rats, possums, pollen or someone spraying in the area, contaminants build up over time. The same can apply for bore water.”
Hamish says a tank clean will provide clean and safe water, as well as allowing household filters to work better and last longer.
“We regularly hear the comment that ‘we have built up immunity’. But we had one farmer who had not cleaned his tanks for 20 years and suffered from shingles, despite taking medication for a year,” he says. “We cleaned his tank and two weeks later he called to say the shingles were clearing up.”
Hamish says at $395 plus GST for a clean, and the cost saved from retaining the water, the service is an affordable way to protect the health of a household.