Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality Management for New Zealand 2013

Published online: 
21 October 2013


The Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality Management for New Zealand complement the Drinking-water Standards for New Zealand 2005 (revised 2008). They they explain the development of the Standards and provide advice for achieving a high level of water quality management. The Guidelines will help water suppliers to comply with the Standards.

The changes to this edition of the Guidelines are largely scientific and technical in nature, to provide updated information for water suppliers.

For example, there are:

  • brief updates on waterborne disease rates
  • updated information about costs and benefits
  • references to recent Ministry of Health reports and publications.

Note: In December 2013, legislation changed the term ‘public health risk management plan’ to ‘water safety plan’. Any reference within the text to ‘public health risk management plan’ has been changed to reflect the new legislation. No other changes have been made to this document.

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Micro-organisms, and chemical and physical deteminands datasheets

Datasheets for the Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality Management for New Zealand provide background information about each determinand including their sources, environmental forms and fates, typical concentrations either in New Zealand or overseas drinking-water supplies, processes for removing the determinand from drinking-water, analytical methods, health considerations, derivation of the maximum acceptable values (MAVs) for health significant determinands and guideline values for aesthetic determinands, and references for further reading.

Datasheets for determinands of possible health and aesthetic significance and are included for general information.

Publishing information

  • Date of publication:
    21 October 2013
  • ISBN:
    978-0-478-41533-9 (online)
  • HP number:
  • Citation:
    Ministry of Health. 2013. Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality Management for New Zealand 2013. Third edition. Wellington: Ministry of Health.
  • Ordering information:
    Only soft copy available to download
  • Copyright status:
    Owned by the Ministry of Health and licensed for reuse under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence.
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