Water New Zealand's Jim Graham, Noel Roberts: Ground water never safe

The findings and recommendations of stage 2 of the Havelock North water contamination inquiry released this December jolted many New Zealanders out of their 100 per cent pure misconception about groundwater quality.

The inquiry made it clear that untreated ground water is not safe to drink because it cannot be guaranteed as free from contamination.

While it pointed to widespread systemic failure in our drinking water systems, it also identified problems with our drinking water safety net, the decade-old New Zealand Drinking Water Standards. Read more