News | Environment
12 Dec 2017 23:22
NZCity News
NZCity CalculatorReturn to NZCity

  • Start Page
  • Personalise
  • Days of Xmas
  • Sport
  • Weather
  • Finance
  • Shopping
  • Jobs
  • Horoscopes
  • Lotto Results
  • Photo Gallery
  • Site Gallery
  • TVNow
  • Dating
  • SearchNZ
  • NZSearch
  • Crime.co.nz
  • RugbyLeague
  • Make Home
  • About NZCity
  • Contact NZCity
  • Your Privacy
  • Advertising
  • Login
  • Join for Free

  •   Home > News > Environment

    Quality of NZ drinking water 'inadequate'

    The second report into the contamination of Havelock North's drinking water contamination has found widespread issues with the country's water supplies.


    The latest report into Havelock North's drinking water contamination has highlighted systemic issues in New Zealand, with the quality of water described as "inadequate" and regulations ensuring it is drinkable called "poor".

    It's called for a raft of changes, including the introduction of universal drinking water treatment.

    In August 2016, the Hawke's Bay town's drinking water supply was contaminated with campylobacter after a period of heavy rain washed sheep faeces through the Te Mata aquifer.

    More than 5500 people fell ill, many needed hospital treatment, and the outbreak was linked to the deaths of three elderly people.

    It caused the town's economy to suffer and sparked national debate about the safety of untreated water.

    In May, the first part of a government inquiry found there was a lack of a response plan, aquifer maintenance records and compliance duties, supervision by mid-level council managers and meaningful collaboration and co-operation between Hastings and Hawke's Bay Regional councils.

    A second report, released on Wednesday, has found the outbreak cost the councils $4.1 million and impacted tourism.

    It makes 51 detailed and specific recommendations on how to ensure safe drinking water for New Zealanders.

    The report says 80 per cent of the country's population lived in areas where stronger water standards were required.

    Attorney-General David Parker said the report made for sobering reading.

    "[It] highlights the quality of drinking water in New Zealand is often inadequate, and that regulation and enforcement have been poor," he said.

    "We must do better."

    He said the issues were a a priority for the government and it was acting quickly.

    As much as 9000 kilometres of water pipes from as far back as the 1950s needed replacing around the country, at a cost of $2.2b, according to the report.

    It also recommends the universal treatment of drinking water; changes to bore classification; setting up an independent drinking water regulator; and strengthening regulation and enforcement.

    The Minister of Health, David Clark, says the report raises serious concerns about oversight and infrastructure that can be laid at the feet of the previous National government.

    "The inquiry indicates that while drinking water standards instituted in 2007 represented international best practices at the time, since then New Zealand's standards have not kept up with the world," he said.

    Mr Clark said he would have an urgent report prepared for Cabinet before Christmas, focusing on implementing many of the recommendations.


    NZN




    © 2017 NZN, NZCity


     Other Environment News
     12 Dec: Napier Port profit hits record in 2017
     11 Dec: NFL match fought in incredible snow storm sees Buffalo Bills edge Indianapolis Colts in overtime
     11 Dec: Christchurch water restrictions on hold
     11 Dec: Bates fires in Australia as Strikers win
     10 Dec: Bates fires as Strikers win again in WBBL
     09 Dec: Puerto Ricans still seeking refuge in Florida months after Hurricane Maria decimated their homes
     07 Dec: Experts talk green chemistry in Auck
     Top Stories

    RUGBY RUGBY
    Pulver 'delivered' for Australian rugby More...


    BUSINESS BUSINESS
    Kiwi up vs Aussie on weak biz confidence More...



     Today's News

    Politics:
    PNG's life-saving church rural health services face closure after months without government funding 22:47

    Soccer:
    Socceroos coach must be Aussie: Merrick 21:57

    Rugby League:
    RLPA calls for review of third party deals 21:17

    International:
    Chinese 'rooftopper' Wu Yongning plunges to his death from 62-storey tower as $20,000 stunt goes wrong 20:17

    Entertainment:
    Ruby Rose has "always wanted" children 20:16

    Law and Order:
    PNG deputy electoral commissioner Simon Sinai arrested and charged with corruption 19:57

    Soccer:
    Injuries to test Glory's A-League depth 19:47

    Entertainment:
    Anastacia is "single with a smile" 19:46

    Entertainment:
    Ed Sheeran is planning a "lo-fi album" inspired by Bruce Springsteen 19:16

    Business:
    Kiwi up vs Aussie on weak biz confidence 18:57


     News Search






    Power Search


    © 2017 New Zealand City Ltd