scoop.co.nz 17 Mar, 2021 08:45 am

Too many NZers receive drinking water of unknown quality

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March 17, 2021 Environment, Justice Press Release – Water New Zealand One in five New Zealanders are supplied with drinking water that is not guaranteed to be safe from bacteria contamination, according to Ministry of Health data.One in five New Zealanders are supplied with drinking water that is not guaranteed to be safe from bacteria contamination, according to Ministry of Health data.She told the Health Select Committee today that the establishment of Taumata Arowai will result in a long overdue and much needed improvement in the safety and quality of drinking water.“Water New Zealand strongly supports the Water Services Bill which provides the regulatory toolbox for the new drinking water regulator, Taumata Arowai.

The subsequent inquiry revealed the systemic problems in the way drinking water is supplied throughout the country and recommended major changes including the establishment of a drinking water regulator.Water New Zealand’s chief executive, Gillian Blythe says that is a serious public health risk.

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