Draft Drinking Water Quality Assurance Rules (DWQAR) Reporting Guidelines

Closed 28 Nov 2022

Opened 7 Nov 2022


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 proposes the technological requirements to complete reporting.  

The draft Guidelines should be read in conjunction with the requirements of the DWQAR.  

Purpose of this engagement 

We are seeking feedback on the draft Guidelines to ensure that they provide clarity around what data is collected and how to report to Taumata Arowai. 

We recommend that you read the draft Guidelines before responding to the engagement: 

You may also wish to read the following supporting documents: 

These documents have been prepared in collaboration with drinking water suppliers as well as WaterOutlook and Infrastructure Data. We have aimed to design a standardised approach to efficiently report the data which provides the most useful insights around the safety of drinking water. 

Later in November and December 2022 we will pilot our reporting technology platform. Please let us know if you would like to be part of this pilot.  

General guidance 

The DWQAR Reporting Guidelines provide suppliers with details regarding what information they must report to Taumata Arowai, which is a limited subset of the overall monitoring data collected by suppliers in connection with their monitoring obligations, their assurance activities, and their overall obligation to provide safe drinking water.   

The DWQAR dictate which rule modules apply to particular supplies: 

Reporting requirements are set out in the General (G) Rules in the DWQAR. Reporting requirements are based on the rule modules that drinking water suppliers elect to demonstrate compliance against. 

There are three kinds of rules to be aware of:  

  1. Monitoring rules which are sample based. 

  1. Monitoring rules which require continuous or online monitoring equipment. 

  1. Assurance rules which require reporting on particular activities. 

All supplies need to begin monitoring according to the Drinking Water Quality Assurance Rules  from 1 January 2023. 

Supplies following level 3 modules (serving >500 people) will have monthly reports due to Taumata Arowai from February 2023. 

Supplies following level 2 modules (serving 101 - 500 people) will have quarterly reports due to Taumata Arowai from April 2023. 

Supplies following level 1 modules (serving 26 - 100 people) will have 6-monthly reports due to Taumata Arowai from July 2023. 

Supplies following the Very Small Communities modules (serving up to 25 people) will only have annual reports due to Taumata Arowai from January 2024. 

For more details, please refer to the Drinking Water Quality Assurance Rules. 

Why your views matter

Your feedback will help to inform the development of the DWQAR Reporting Guidelines. 

We are particularly interested in feedback on how this reporting approach aligns with the current systems used by different drinking water suppliers. 

You can have your say by answering the questions relating to the DWQAR Reporting Guidelines or by providing additional comments (see link below). 

Submissions are open from 7 - 23 November 2022. You can make a submission by completing the online survey (link below) on this website. 
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Personal details can be withheld under the Official Information Act 1982 in some circumstances, 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 any such requests. 

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