The Hawke's Bay Regional Council has spent just more than $1 million on internal salary and external costs related to its Havelock North water contamination outbreak investigation and the ongoing government inquiry.
Water bills in the country's largest city may have to rise to stop raw sewage flowing into Auckland Harbour almost every time it rains.
More than 100 Lake Hawea residents who attended a meeting at the weekend to express their opposition to chlorine being added to the town’s water supply permanently were told "it may happen anyway".
Queenstown Lakes District Council chief engineer Ulrich Glasner said the contamination of Havelock North’s water supply in August was "a trigger" for a lot of councils and district health boards to take steps to ensure drinking water was safe.
The Water New Zealand Board and Young Water Professionals group welcome all members and interested water professionals to the first regional meeting of 2017, kindly hosted at the offices of Beca in Auckland.