In New Zealand, the risk of vector-borne diseases in our drinking water is very small. But with the increasing movement of people and goods worldwide, climate change, and the close proximity of a number of countries in which vector-borne diseases are endemic, the risk of cross contamination is increasing, therefore making water sanitation methods and the treatment of wastewater incredibly important.

In a recent water quality study executed in Havelock North, it was found that drinking water is one of the most common routes for the spread of pathogens. From an industry perspective, this has huge significance since many New Zealand businesses are required to comply with certain sanitation standards and regulations.

The Food Industry Consulting Group have recently published an article in which they look at the subject of water quality as a whole in New Zealand. The article, titled ‘Ensure the safety of your process water’ looks at how to assure water quality and safety in food processing. In this article, they establish the food regulations and policies governing New Zealand businesses today, explain the regulation process and how it was established, as well as look at case studies specific to New Zealand related to waterborne diseases and outbreaks. The Food Inc group are an independent group of food technology consultants, each an expert in their field. Their skills and experience can help in a range of food industry projects ranging from food product development, quality systems management, production, packaging and marketing.

The report also looks at various water treatment systems and gives examples of specific applications where they would be used in different industries.

Envirolyte features heavily in this article given its unique patented use of electrolysed water sanitation. This is a proven water sanitation solution with multiple approvals for use in the food processing, agriculture and horticulture industries. Unlike other sanitation products, the only ingredient used in Envirolyte’s sanitation solution is NaCl (a common salt) and water, making it a very eco-friendly and non-toxic solution which is safe to transport and store. It has proven to be very effective against known pathogens (including bacteriophage, yeasts, moulds, fungus, mildews, listeria, salmonella, and campylobacter), as well as against waterborne pathogens (including E.coli, Staphylococcus aureus, coliforms, legionnaires, giardia and cryptosporidium) and odours.

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