The Rural Agricultural Drinking-water supply Guideline was prepared after a three-month public consultation on the draft guideline which ended in 30 September 2013.
The provisions of the Health Act 1956 (the Act) 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 Drinking-water Standards for New Zealand 2005 (Revised 2008). The drinking-water provisions of the Act include a new category of water supply; a Rural Agricultural Drinking-water Supply.
This Guideline will give water suppliers flexibility in demonstrating compliance with the requirements of the drinking-water provisions of the Act. By following the Guideline and implementing a water safety plan, a rural agricultural water supplier would be able to demonstrate that they had taken all practicable steps to comply with the Health Act 1956, even if they do not fully comply with the Drinking-water Standards for New Zealand 2005 (Revised 2008).