Story: Water quality

Clean drinking water

Clean drinking water

Drinking water must be of the highest quality, and New Zealand has plentiful supplies. For example, Christchurch water is naturally filtered through the gravel beds and sand laid down by glaciers and rivers during the formation of the Canterbury Plains. This means that the water comes from the ground clear and ready to drink. Still, there is a steadily growing market in New Zealand for bottled water.

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Mike Scarsbrook and Kit Rutherford, 'Water quality - Water quality in New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 March 2023)

Story by Mike Scarsbrook and Kit Rutherford, published 24 Nov 2008, updated 18 Jul 2016