New Zealand's looming 'three waters' crisis

Posted 22/11/2018

Stuff NZ Website

OPINION: It's a wonder the whole nation isn't crouching over a toilet bowl having a jolly good chunder.

That, crudely put, was my reaction after reading the Cabinet paper released this week outlining the case for urgently changing the way New Zealand funds, regulates and organises drinking water, sewerage, and stormwater drainage.

These so-called "three waters" are as basic to everyday life as electricity and roads, and are equally taken for granted.

Yet these "building blocks of New Zealand's communities" are close to crisis in many parts of the country. Clapped out, elderly, unfit for modern environmental standards and, in too many cases, impossibly expensive for local communities to replace or upgrade.

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