Planning and Standards

National frameworks, strategies, policies, standards, and specifications are in place that allow for local variability. They provide consistency across design, delivery and management of water services bringing clarity and confidence in water services and facilitating knowledge sharing. Increased consistency results in improved access to low-cost capital optimising funding outcomes.

We need alignment between regulators, both at a national and local level, to bring about an integrated approach to regulation and standards. - Hamilton workshop participant

Holistic intergenerational, catchment scale, co- ordination of infrastructure and land use planning protects the water environment, property, and public heath. Water services are seamlessly integrated into the urban form, supporting the natural water cycle, ecosystems and providing amenity and enjoyment.

Agreed standards are in place for water services and their supply chain, providing customers and regulators with assurance that minimum quality standards are met. Adoption of standardised approaches around New Zealand reduces duplication and improves compatibility. Standardisation facilitates performance improvement by providing consistent metrics for benchmarking and subsequently enhancing processes. Reducing duplication and enhanced performance efficiency leads to improved environmental outcomes and reduced costs for consumers.

Integrating water sensitive urban design into all new developments and renewals programmes brings about a gradual transition to water sensitive spaces and cities. This lowers water use, minimises flood risk, improves water quality, supports biodiversity and improves the liveability of our towns and cities