Farm, Dairy Shed & Rural Applications

Custom Water Treatment Solutions

Are you on water exclusion?

Fonterra Compliance

The Dairy Shed Standards mean that water coming into contact with milk needs to have less than 1 E.coli per 100ml and less than 5NTU turbidity.

Water Sources

Most dairy sheds obtain their water from a rural supply, that is rain water, a bore/well or surface water. It is very rare that these water sources will meet these standards without any treatment.


Failing to comply with these standards can get expensive, quickly!

Penalties include:

  • Being placed on temporary water exclusion. There is an increased risk that milk will simply be rejected, meaning no payment at all for that day’s milk.
  • $100/month fee
  • Additional paperwork and process for adding chlorine.
  • You will need to flush the plant with milk, throwing valuable product down the drain.
  • A lower trigger for demerit points, each of which results in a 5% deduction in your milk payments
  • Maximum is 12 demerit points or 60% reduction to your milk payments.

How to fix it

We are able to offer treatment for all of the common sources, whether you just want safe water for compliance, or you want better health for your stock and increased milk production by treating all of your water.

However each source presents its own challenges. We need to see or do a water test to be able to see what your challenges are, we can then offer an individualised, guaranteed solution to keep you with the best quality water and optimal milk payouts.

Farm Water

Whatever type of stock you farm, whether it is sheep, cows, chickens, goats or llamas, water is essential to the running of your operation and to the health of your stock and your staff.

Most farmers like you, do not have the luxury of access to a nice clean, treated mains supply. So water needs to be found on the property that can be used to run the farm. This might be from bores, wells or surface water (streams/rivers etc)

Often these sources are not perfect when we find them and need to be treated before they can be used.

What are the benefits of treating farm water?

Treating water for a whole farm is great because it increases production without having to increase the number of animals. This is because animals drink more when they have access to clean water, which results in them eating better and putting on weight faster.

Often maintenance costs are lower as pipes block less, and expensive equipment like hot water heaters often last longer and need less cleaning

Compliance is a breeze as you no longer have to worry about what water you are using for what application, all of your water will be treated to the standard you need.

How do I know what is in my farm water supply that may cause issues?

The only sure way to know is to have a water test done, as not all problems can be seen.

How do I treat my farm water?

The treatment on your water will depend on what is in it.

Here at Aqua, we have professional experts who will evaluate your water test and design a system that is specially tailored to both your water quality and your usage needs. We don’t believe in a one size fits all approach.

We can correct any issue that arises in your water supply. We will also tell you if a particular source becomes uneconomical to treat and help you find another option.