Update: The Rural Agricultural Drinking-water Supply Guideline - the result of this consultation, was published in March 2015.
This consultation paper is seeking feedback on a proposed Rural Agricultural Drinking-Water Supply Guideline.
The provisions of the Health Act 1956 relating to water supplies are currently being phased in and, when fully in force, will require all water suppliers to take all practicable steps to comply with the relevant drinking-water standards. The drinking-water provisions in the Health Act 1956 include a new category of water supply; a Rural Agricultural Drinking-water Supply.
The development of a Rural Agricultural Drinking-water Supply Guideline will give water suppliers greater flexibility in demonstrating compliance with the requirements of the Act. Complying with the guideline would assist rural agricultural drinking-water suppliers to demonstrate they have taken all practicable steps to comply with the drinking-water standards, as per section 69V of the Health Act 1956, without having a standard in place specific to rural agricultural supplies.
Preparation of a Rural Agricultural Drinking-Water Supply Guideline, that can be voluntarily adopted by water suppliers, also means that it can be trialled for suitability. If the guideline is found to provide adequate public health protection while minimising unnecessary compliance costs, could then be taken through the steps required for adoption as a standard.
The release of this document begins a three-month public consultation on the contents of the proposed Rural Agricultural Drinking-Water Supply Guideline. The Ministry anticipates that the content of the Rural Agricultural Drinking-Water Supply Guideline may develop over the course of this period.
How to have your say
If you have views on the proposed Guideline we encourage you to tell us about them. Please use accompanying submission form. You can use the space provided in the form to respond to the questions in the consultation document.
Submissions for this consultation have closed.
Closing date for submissions was 30 September 2013.