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National water monitoring system needs improvement, resources, health boss says


Canterbury Medical Officer of Health Alistair Humphrey has urged against setting up a new independent regulator as part of the overhaul of the country's water delivery, saying the Ministry of Health can - and should - "up its game".

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel also called for caution in the Government's review of the so-called three waters infrastructure, saying there should be better understanding of the problems, risks and potential costs before ministers leap to a solution.

Their comments came during a workshop run by chlorination proponent and advocacy group Water New Zealand in which it outlined what it sees as the challenges and options for reform in the water sector.

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