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Local government

ESR provides science services to a local government across New Zealand and overseas, particularly in regards to the management and testing of drinking water, groundwater, recreational water and wastewater, with significant expertise in water microbiology.

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As New Zealand's Crown Research Institute that specialises is science relating to people and communities, ESR has over 25 years’ experience providing science services to local government. Our work includes the surveillance and reporting of drinking-water quality, scientific advice on health and environment public policy, research on water quality issues related to drinking water and recreational waters and information systems management. Our experts also work with other organisations in the Centre for Integrated Biowaste Research (external link)  (CIBR) on the sustainable management of the biowaste component among the approximately 3.2 million tonnes of waste sent to landfills in New Zealand each year.

Read about some of our work with local government below or contact us to find out how we can help you.

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Enhanced mitigation of nitrate in groundwater

As a result of funding for Freshwater research announced by the government in the budget in 2016, ESR has a new project aimed at developing new methods for inducing denitrification in groundwater systems.

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Up the pipe - engaging communities to reduce contaminants in biowaste

Every day we use dozens of household cleaning products and personal care products. These get flushed down the drain and into our wastewater systems or septic tanks, but what happens to them when they're out in our environment?ESR is a partner in the Centre for Integrated Biowaste Research (CIBR) - a...

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Using New Zealand native vegetation to improve water quality

According to the report Our Fresh Water 2017 by the New Zealand Ministry for the Environment, the continuous degradation of water quality is the main environmental issue that needs urgent consideration.

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Collaborating with local government on water quality

Poor water quality is not only bad for the environment, it can also put our health at risk.

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