NZ trailing other countries in drinking water compliance

New Zealand's compliance with drinking water standards is poor compared with the UK and European countries, and an independent regulator would assist in improving water quality, the Havelock North water inquiry has heard.

The final stage of hearings into the state of New Zealand's drinking water regime resumed yesterday and turned to considering whether creating one independent water regulator focused solely on drinking water safety would improve current issues with water quality.

International drinking water expert Colin Fricker, who was one of a panel of five drinking water experts, talked about what he had seen overseas. See more