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  • Drinking Water Standards

    The proposed Drinking Water Standards (the Standards) will replace the existing Drinking-water Standards for New Zealand (revised 2018). They set limits for contaminants and other characteristics of drinking water. The Standards apply to all drinking water supplies regardless of the nature of... More
    Opened 17 January 2022
  • Drinking Water Quality Assurance Rules

    The Drinking Water Quality Assurance Rules (the Rules) set out the requirements a drinking water supplier must comply with to help ensure the drinking water they provide is safe. The Rules are ‘compliance rules’ for the purposes of the Water Services Act 2021. To address the... More
    Opened 17 January 2022
  • Drinking Water Aesthetic Values

    The aesthetic values (properties) of drinking water that affect its acceptability to consumers, including its taste, odour, appearance and in some instances feel. Consumers will often be more aware of these values than the health-related limits that influence drinking water’s safety. Water... More
    Opened 17 January 2022
  • Drinking Water Acceptable Solution for Spring and Bore Drinking Water Supplies

    A number of marae, papakāinga, small communities, and camping grounds take drinking water from springs and bores and reticulate the drinking water to multiple properties. It is not currently known exactly how many of these supplies exist in New Zealand. This Acceptable Solution is designed... More
    Opened 17 January 2022
  • Drinking Water Acceptable Solution for Rural Agricultural Water Supplies

    Rural agricultural drinking water supplies primarily provide stock water or irrigation water and at least 65% of the total supply must be for this purpose. These supplies can also provide drinking water to houses connected to the stock water or irrigation supply, generally to a storage tank on... More
    Opened 17 January 2022
  • Drinking Water Network Environmental Performance

    The Water Services Act 2021 introduces new requirements to monitor and report on the environmental performance of certain drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater suppliers and their operators. These requirements are designed to provide greater transparency about... More
    Opened 17 January 2022
  • Drinking Water Acceptable Solution for Roof Water Supplies

    This Acceptable Solution can be used to demonstrate that certain roof water supplies comply with the requirements of the Water Services Act 2021. This Acceptable Solution may only be used where a networked community supply is not available to the buildings that will be supplied by the roof water... More
    Opened 17 January 2022
  • Second Tranche of Drinking Water and Wastewater Network Environmental Performance Measures

    The Water Services Act 2021 includes requirements to monitor and report on the environmental performance of certain drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater suppliers and their operators. These requirements are designed to provide greater transparency about the performance of networks,... More
    Opened 3 October 2022
  • Draft Drinking Water Quality Assurance Rules (DWQAR) Reporting Guidelines

    The Drinking Water Quality Assurance Rules (DWQAR) require suppliers to conduct monitoring and assurance activities in relation to their registered drinking water supplies. The DWQAR Reporting Guidelines describes how monitoring and assurance reporting is proposed to be conducted and... More
    Opened 7 November 2022
  • Notifiable risks or hazards

    Taumata Arowai is the water services regulator for Aotearoa New Zealand, working to ensure everyone has access to a safe and reliable supply of drinking water every day. To help realise this goal, it is important that Taumata Arowai is aware of issues that could affect the safety of drinking... More
    Opened 10 November 2022
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