Pursuant to section 69O(1) of the Health Act 1956 (as amended by the Health (Drinking Water) Amendment Act 2007), the Associate Minister of Health has issued Drinking-Water Standards for New Zealand 2005 (Revised 2008) to supersede and revoke the Drinking-Water Standards for New Zealand 2005.
The availability of safe drinking-water for all New Zealanders, irrespective of where they live, is a fundamental requirement for public health. The Drinking-Water Standards for New Zealand provide requirements for drinking-water safety by specifying the:
- maximum amounts of substances or organisms or contaminants or residues that may be present in drinking-water
- criteria for demonstrating compliance with the Standards
- remedial action to be taken in the event of non-compliance with the different aspects of the Standards.
The Drinking-water Standards for New Zealand 2005 (Revised 2008) contain comprehensive information for owners and operators to assist in the management of public and private drinking-water suppliers and we strongly encourage you to become familiar with all aspects of them.
The Drinking-Water Standards for New Zealand 2005 (Revised 2008) have been made after consultation with all interested persons who made submissions to the Ministry regarding the content of the 2005 Standards. The differences between these new standards and the old standards are primarily due to clarifications, corrections, alignments, or simplified compliance procedures of a minor or transitional nature. The changes are largely included at the request of stakeholders following consultation.
The Drinking-Water Standards for New Zealand 2005 (Revised 2008) came into force on 31 December 2008.
Note that under section 14(3) of the Health Act 1956 as amended in 2007, drinking-water suppliers may elect to comply with the Drinking-water Standards for New Zealand 2000 until 31 December 2014.