Essential Freshwater and the Three Waters Review

About the Three Waters Review into drinking, waste and storm water.

Alongside the Essential Freshwater programme, the Government is reviewing (as part of the Three Waters Review) challenges facing:

1.    Drinking water
2.    Wastewater
3.    Stormwater.

The Three Waters Review addresses immediate concerns about drinking water safety following the Havelock North incident in 2016. This was when a drinking water supply was contaminated with campylobacter.

In order to take a holistic approach to managing water – ki uta, ki tai – the Three Waters Review aims to:

  • strengthen the regulation of Three Waters infrastructure
  • ensure they complement the wider Essential Freshwater reforms. 

For further information including a report back on stakeholder engagement, see Three Waters Review [Te Tari Taiwhenua | Department of Internal Affairs website]