Improving the protection of drinking-water sources

Closes 6 Mar 2022

Opened 10 Jan 2022


Everyone should have access to safe drinking water. We are considering changes to the National Environmental Standards for Sources of Human Drinking Water (NES-DW) to make our drinking water safer, and we want to hear what you think.

Why we are consulting

The Government is proposing three key areas of improvement to the NES-DW to strengthen its ability to protect drinking water sources: standardising the way we define source water areas, strengthening regulation of activities around water sources, and including more water suppliers under the NES-DW.

Read the consultation document for Kia kaha ake te tiakina o ngā puna wai-inu: Improving the protection of drinking-water source [PDF, 3.8 MB]

Read the full press release from the Minister

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