The Government is pushing ahead with plans to make freshwater standards stricter in a bid to improve water quality, the Minister for the Environment says.
Preliminary work to create a new national freshwater policy has begun, with formal plans expected to start by the middle of the year.
Fixing our drinking water issues requires bold decisions and leadership by central government. Water New Zealand's CEO John Pfahlert, speaking on RNZ says it's imperative the government moves quickly to avoid another contamination outbreak.
The government is being urged to announce changes to improve drinking water quickly or risk losing support for change.
Water is one of New Zealand's most precious commodities, yet we're losing more than 101 billion litres of it every year through leaks and wastage.
Summer sun seekers have been heading back to beaches after this week's storm, but a handful of spots are too polluted to swim in.