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As caretakers of our land, air and water, Bay of Plenty Regional Council monitors the effects of activities on the environment.

Our testing is International Accreditation New Zealand (IANZ) registered and listed with Taumata Arowai for drinking water testing under their self-service portal (Hinekorako).

The Laboratory team employs seven technicians and a team leader to collect and analyse samples using a range of accredited microbiological and chemistry testing methods. This enables us to meet our statutory and legal obligations under the Resource Management Act. We are also able to subcontract specialised tests which we do not perform ourselves. 

We can provide timely analysis to clients wanting testing for drinking (potable) water, wastewater and environmental water for public health and industrial/resource consent monitoring needs.

Located at the Whakatāne office, our testing services are also used widely by many others in the business and public sectors.  We have a wide customer base ranging from local authorities, engineering consultants, the public and developers to rural schools and small community water schemes.

laboratory testWhat do we do

Water testing

Managing water quality for all its uses is our priority. The Laboratory team tests all types of water for quality monitoring and pollution prevention programmes.

Types of water we test:

  • Drinking (potable) water
  • Surface water
  • Estuarine water
  • Ground water
  • Marine water
  • Storm water
  • Effluent water
  • Swimming pool / spa water

Drinking water

We offer testing services and provide information for private customers who have concerns about the quality and safety of their drinking water.

We can customise analyses to suit your needs and recommend that you contact the laboratory before you undertake sampling to ensure the correct type of samples are taken. We also provide bottles free of charge.

Book a test

Talk to our team to find out how we can help on 0800 884 880 or