Publication of Annual Report on Drinking-water quality
27 June 2019
The Ministry of Health has published its annual report on drinking-water quality and compliance, highlighting the significance of Government reforms in this important area of human health.
The release of the Annual Report on Drinking-water Quality 2017-18 includes information on individual supplies, providing a better overall picture of water quality and associated risks.
key recommendations from the Inquiry which followed the 2016 Havelock North
gastro outbreak in which more than 5000 people fell sick. The inquiry found
widespread systemic failure of drinking-water suppliers.
With safe drinking-water a Government priority, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry for the Environment and the Department of Internal Affairs have continued to push through improvements, including implementation of the Inquiry’s 51 recommendations.
release contains information on drinking-water quality for all registered,
networked supplies serving populations of more than 100 people from 1 July 2017
to 30 June 2018, covering 3,839,000 people.
Following a recommendation from the Inquiry, the format has changed to improve clarity and accessibility, with non-compliance highlighted.
Areas for action:
“Overall, conclusions from the report are that most New Zealanders receive safe drinking-water,” says the Ministry’s Director of Public Health Dr Caroline McElnay. “However some people, usually those in rural areas or smaller supplies, can’t always access water of the same standard. This needs to change.
“The Ministry has written directly to those suppliers required to have a water safety plan and who’re still failing to comply with the Act.
“We’re committed to the Government’s programme of reform. Work is well underway to continue to drive the improvements we need for drinking-water supply, both in the short and long term.”
The full report is available on the Ministry’s website: https://www.health.govt.nz/publication/annual-report-drinking-water-quality-2017-2018
Other useful links:https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/environmental-health/drinking-waterhttps://www.dia.govt.nz/Three-Waters-Review
People who have concerns about their water supply should contact their local water supplier or territorial local authority (TLA). There are further details here: https://www.health.govt.nz/publication/register-drinking-water-suppliers-new-zealand-2018-editionhttp://www.drinkingwater.esr.cri.nz/general/nzprocesses.asp