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What happens next?Ka aha ināianei?

In December 2022, Parliament passed the Water Services Entities Actestablishing the water services entities to take on the delivery of drinking water, wastewater and stormwater services across New Zealand from July 2024. The Act enables four new water service entities to be established. Following Government announcements in May 2023, the number of entities to be established has increased to ten. Amendments to the Act will need to be made to enable this. Government expects those amendments to be in place before this year’s General Election in October.

Two additional pieces of legislation needed to complete the reforms were introduced to Parliament in December 2022.

The Water Services Legislation Bill provides the new Water Services Entities with the legislative functions, responsibilities and powers to operate from July 2024.

The Water Services Economic Efficiency and Consumer Protection Bill establishes an economic regulation and consumer protection regime for Three Waters.

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