The Water Services Act 2021 seeks to ensure that drinking water suppliers provide safe drinking water to consumers through a new drinking water regulatory and risk management framework.
The Act requires more of councils and private drinking water suppliers.
There are also new obligations registered drinking water suppliers need to meet.
With the changes to drinking water supplier responsibilities, the Hawke’s Bay’s four territorial authorities (Central Hawke’s Bay District Council, Hastings District Council, Napier City Council and Wairoa District Council) established the Hawke’s Bay Private Drinking Water Supply project.
The project was established in mid-2021 to engage with a representative sample (50) of private drinking water suppliers in our communities to establish the best approach to help understand our new obligations under the Act.
The project team met with a cross-section of private drinking water suppliers across the Hawke’s Bay to:
At the beginning of April 2022, the councils made a submission to Taumata Arowai, the new water regulator, as part of the consultation on the draft Drinking Water Rules, Acceptable Solutions, and Environmental Performance Measures.
The council’s submission includes a summary of insights and recommendations gathered from the engagement phase of the Private Water Supplies project. Hawke's Bay Council’s Submission Drinking Water Acceptable Solutions Drinking Water Standards
The Private Water Supplies Project was completed in June 2022 and the final report providing a detailed analysis of the findings can be found here. We note that the financial analysis in the report has been superseded by the release of Taumata Arowai’s New Standards, Rules and Aesthetic Values released in August 2022, having considered submissions from communities and stakeholders.
The project will help suppliers by:
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