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 new rules and standards which drinking-water suppliers must meet to keep our drinking-water safe. You can find out more about your community water supply here.

Taumata Arowai is the new water services regulator for Aotearoa - making sure all communities have access to safe drinking water. Taumata Arowai became fully operational when the Water Services Act 2021 was passed on 15 November 2021.

Members of the Health Protection Team are involved in;