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Big changes to your water services are coming

The government is proposing big changes to the way your drinking water, wastewater and storm water services are delivered.

Here you will find key information on the Government’s three waters reforms and the Water Services Entities Bill which is now being considered by Parliament. You can find all Government information here.

The changes mean that in future, your local council would no longer be responsible for these services – known as three waters.

Instead, they would be owned and delivered by one of four new multi-region entities across New Zealand.

In June 2022, Government introduced the Water Services Entities Bill, the first of two stages of legislation to make these changes happen.

Public submissions on the bill have been heard by the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee and the Committee is due to report back to Parliament recommending any changes to the legislation in November.  

You can read the joint submission made by Hawke’s Bay’s councils here.

Parliament is expected to vote whether to pass the Water Services Entities Bill into law or not in December (2022).

If the bill passes, a second piece of legislation will be introduced probably in early 2023, to deal with the transfer of assets and liabilities from councils to the new water services entities and to establish the powers and functions for the entities.

It is important you know what is proposed, what it would mean for you, and what happens next.

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