Govt prepares to overhaul water use rules

Posted 20/11/2018

Radio NZ website

The government is preparing to overhaul the rules around water use.

The multi-agency Three Waters Review has been investigating the state and performance of New Zealand's drinking water, wastewater and storm water systems.

The review was initiated in mid-2017 alongside the Havelock North drinking water inquiry.

Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta said discussions would be held between local and central government about how to ensure communities had access to clean and safe drinking water.

She said it would be important to address the increasing cost of waters infrastructure as part of the review but reiterated that continued public ownership of water assets was the government's bottom line.

"We need to address the issues creating pressure and impacting on council balance sheets and that's the burgeoning cost of waters infrastructure as citizens seek higher assurance about safe, reliable drinking water and higher environmental expectations around urban and freshwater.

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