Water Treatment Notice - Fish Care

Friday 24 August 2018

A heads up for Richmond pet owners - a change to our water treatment taking place from 30 August to 6 September means you need to take extra care when topping up or changing the water in fish tanks.

Due to a major planned power outage in the Lower Queen Street area over this period, the Richmond water supply will be a different blend of water to usual for at least 6 hours each day. This covers the properties from the Wakatu Industrial Estate and Champion Road in the north of Richmond to Bateup Road in the south.

During this time, the water will be higher in nitrate (about 50mg/l). A sudden change in nitrate level in aquarium water can cause fish to become distressed or die. We recommend you either treat the water beforehand if you need to top up or change the tank water, or you can put aside some water aside beforehand for this purpose.

The normal level in the water supply is about 22mg/l as nitrate.

The increased nitrate level on these days is not harmful to humans.