Drinking water

Water used for drinking, teeth cleaning, hand washing, bathing, showering, food preparation and cooking needs to be free from harmful germs (such as Cryptosporidium, Giardia, Campylobacter, Salmonella and E.coli 0157) that can cause serious illness and chemicals (such as arsenic and nitrate). 

There are national standards which drinking-water suppliers must meet to keep our drinking-water safe. You can find out more about your community water supply at the Drinking Water for NZ website and in the Ministry of Health’s Annual Report on Drinking Water Quality.

Members of the Health Protection Team are part of the Central North Island Drinking-water Assessment Unit, an Internationally (IANZ) accredited inspection body that works on behalf of the Ministry of Health to ensure community drinking-water supplies are safe. This is done by: