Taumata Arowai and Three Waters Reform


Taumata Arowai and Three Waters Reform

In the biggest reform programme in decades, the Government has created a new stand-alone water services regulator. Taumata Arowai took over from the Ministry of Health as the new Drinking Water regulator on Monday 15 November.

As part of the overall reform package, the Government is also proposing to replace the 67 council-run three waters – drinking, waste and stormwater – services with four new publicly-owned regionally-based entities. 

Updates


Taumata Arowai

The new drinking water regulator, Taumata Arowai became operational on 15 November 2021. As well as regulating the delivery and quality of drinking water, the new entity will also have oversight of the wastewater and stormwater systems of Aotearoa in late 2023. 

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Entities

Four new entities will be established to replace the 67 council-run three waters services.

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Economic Regulation and Consumer Protection

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is consulting on how economic regulation and consumer protection for the future Three Waters system should be designed. The Government is considering regulatory safeguards to ensure that consumers and communities receive efficient and affordable three waters services that meet their needs both now and into the future. 

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