Drinking Water Network Environmental Performance

Closed 28 Mar 2022

Opened 17 Jan 2022

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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 the performance of networks, the impacts they have on the environment and public health, and to contribute to the continuous and progressive improvement of the quality of water services.

This discussion document sets out a proposed approach for Taumata Arowai to commence monitoring the environmental performance of drinking water networks in mid-2022.

Detailed Summary

Taumata Arowai is conducting public consultation on a discussion document; Drinking Water Network Environmental Performance. The discussion document, and associated consultation documents, outlines measures that may be made under the Water Services Act 2021.

We recommend that you read the following papers before responding to the consultation:

Drinking Water Network Environmental Performance – Discussion Document – Summary (182 KB, PDF)

Drinking Water Network Environmental Performance – FAQs (121 KB, PDF)

Drinking Water Network Environmental Performance – Discussion Document (943 KB, PDF)

Please note that Taumata Arowai is concurrently consulting on:

  • Drinking Water Standards
  • Drinking Water Aesthetic Values
  • Drinking Water Quality Assurance Rules
  • Drinking Water Acceptable Solution for Rural Agricultural Water Supplies
  • Drinking Water Acceptable Solution for Spring and Bore Supplies
  • Drinking Water Acceptable Solution for Roof Water Supplies

Why your views matter

Your feedback will help to inform decisions on developing drinking water network environmental performance measures.

You can have your say by reviewing the papers identified above and answering the questions relating to the Drinking Water Network Environmental Performance Discussion Document or providing additional comments (see link below).

Submissions are open from 17 January to 28 March 2022. You can submit:

  1. by completing the online survey (link below) on this website
  2. by emailing your submission to korero@taumataarowai.govt.nz, or
  3. by posting your submission to:

                 Taumata Arowai, 
                 PO Box 628, Wellington 6140, 
                 New Zealand.

You do not need to answer all the questions if you are only interested in some aspects of the consultation.

Publishing submissions and Official Information Act 1982 requests

Publishing your submission

We intend to proactively publish the submissions made as part of this consultation on our website, but only if we are given permission to do so.

We may publish a summary of submissions. The summary will be aggregated to a level so that individual submissions cannot be identified.

Official Information Act requests

Your submission may be subject to requests made under the Official Information Act 1982 (even if it has not been published). We must make your submission available in response to such a request, unless we have a good reason or other administrative grounds for withholding it.

Personal details can be withheld under the Official Information Act 1982, including your name and address. If you do not want any information you provide to be released, please indicate this clearly and explain why. For example, you may wish for some information to be kept confidential because it is sensitive personal information. Taumata Arowai will take your views into account when responding to such requests.

Privacy Act 2020

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