Community Group Donates Water Quality Equipment

24/10/2019 12:00 a.m.

Water quality testing in the Waitaki district just got a whole lot easier. The Waitaki District Council has been gifted a water quality testing kit designed to be used by community groups, and much faster and less expensive than using accredited laboratories.

The kit was purchased by the Lower Waitaki River Management Society with funding awarded through the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment’s Participatory Science Fund. Up until 2018 the Society was collaborating with St Kevin’s College on water quality testing in the habitat of Canterbury Mudfish – a very threatened native fish that has a small population on the south bank of the Waitaki River. The PSP project is now complete, however there remains plenty of demand to use the kit from other community groups. In the interests of making the kit more broadly available the society decided at the recent AGM to donate the kit to the Waitaki District Council.

“It’s fantastic they’ve donated it,” says Waitaki District Council Compliance Analyst Madeline Sinha, who has kindly taken on responsibility for keeping the machine calibrated, stocked and available for community groups. “We appreciate their donation very much and are looking forward to offering the community a valuable service”. The capability of the kit includes nitrate, nitrites and ammonia, dissolved phosphorus and turbidity. Most of the parameters are measured using a colorimeter; a machine that detects the coloured compounds that develop when a reagent is mixed with a water samples.

Anybody with an interest in learning about using the equipment, or booking the use of the equipment should contact Madeline at the Waitaki District Council on 03 433 0300.​

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