Beware the “Off the Shelf” Softener

A softener is designed to reduce hardness in groundwater which is formed by water passing through rock that has deposits of calcium and magnesium. The water dissolves these deposits and carries them in the dissolved form. Here in New Zealand, particularly in rural lifestyle areas, we find “off the shelf” Softeners sold to rural lifestyle customers to remove Iron and [...]

Water System Keeps Milk Pumping in Gordonton

For a dairy farmer, there’s no more important resource — apart from cows — than water. Plentiful rainfall is needed to keep the grass growing and to replenish aquifers and water quality is vital for stock health and to meet dairy company standards. So farmers Brendon and Ron Van Vugt, who farm 170ha of prime Waikato dairy country at Gordonton, [...]

What about the Manganese?

Lately we've been seeing water treatment systems advertised (often under the banner of "chemical free") for the rural New Zealand market which treat iron contamination but make no mention of addressing manganese. Given the regularity with which we find water sources here containing levels of manganese higher than the NZ Drinking Water Standard of 0.04mg/l, we thought we'd highlight some [...]