Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Health Ministry Push Flows Over To Improved Drinking-water, Boost In Compliance – Report

A push by the Ministry of Health to increase awareness among drinking-water suppliers of their responsibilities has led to tighter auditing and a boost in overall compliance, with standards up by 2.4% compared to last year. 

There was also a slight decrease in overall legislative compliance for all supplies – a drop of 0.5% compared to last year, again attributed to the tighter auditing process.

“The overwhelming majority of New Zealanders served by network supplies have long received water that is safe, and a new report shows that now thousands more have better drinking-water, following Ministry efforts to improve awareness and compliance among suppliers,” says Director of Public Health Dr Caroline McElnay.

The Ministry has been running workshops, led by assessors, for water suppliers for the past two years to increase understanding about both the legislative requirements and the public health assessment underpinning the law – and the benefits are starting to show, says Dr McElnay.

It comes as the Annual Report on Drinking-Water Quality 2019-2020, published this week, provides the latest information on water quality and associated risks, highlighting the significance of this important area of human health.

The report covers water supplies that serve populations of more than 100 people, providing drinking-water to 4,077,0000 people across New Zealand, and shows in the past year:

Report highlights (of the report population):

· 78.6 percent (3,254,000 people) received drinking-water that complied with all the Standards, up 2.4 percent; 
· 99.1 percent (4,104,000 people) received drinking-water that complied with the chemical standards, an increase of 1.6 percent; 
· 80 percent (3,313,000 people) received drinking-water that complied with protozoal standards – a process requiring stringent sampling and monitoring, though up 1.3 percent; 
· 96.7 percent (4,003,000 people) received drinking-water that complied with all the legislative requirements under the Act, down 0.5 percent; and 
· 95.2 percent (3,945,000 people) received drinking-water that complied with the bacteriological standards, a slight decrease of 0.1 percent.

The Act sets out the specific, legislative requirements key to protecting the safety of our drinking-water supplies, such as monitoring, record-keeping, and clear Water Safety Plans, while the Standards outline requirements for water quality.

Dr McElnay says she is pleased with current progress but says more needs to be done to ensure more New Zealanders are provided safe drinking-water.

This is being addressed with the establishment of Taumata Arowai, the new crown entity that will take over from the Ministry as the regulator when the Water Services Bill is enacted, expected in the second half of 2021, she says.

Meanwhile, drinking-water assessors, supported by the Ministry of Health, are working with non-compliant suppliers to address poor performance and ensure that they meet Health Act requirements as well as the Standards.

“Safe drinking-water is a Government priority,” says Dr McElnay.

“Work is well underway to continue to drive the improvements we need for drinking-water supply, both in the short and long term.”

The full report is available at: Annual Report on Drinking-water Quality 2019-2020.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Geo-political Posturing Over China’s Cyber Hacks, Plus The Weekly Playlist

The timing was one of the weirder aspects of this week’s cyber condemnation of China by the West. Why was this piece of political theatre being staged now? China (and Russia’s) sponsoring and/or condoning of semi-state and criminal hacker groups has been known about for nigh on a decade. More particularly, Microsoft had been alerted to the flaws in its Microsoft Exchange... More>>




 
 


Government: Quarantine Free Travel With Australia Suspended

Quarantine Free Travel from all Australian states and territories to New Zealand is being suspended as the Covid situation there worsens, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins announced today... More>>

ALSO:


Government: New Zealand Condemns Malicious Cyber Activity By Chinese State-sponsored Actors

New Zealand has established links between Chinese state-sponsored actors known as Advanced Persistent Threat 40 (APT40) and malicious cyber activity in New Zealand. “The GCSB has worked through a robust technical attribution process in relation to this activity. New Zealand is today joining other countries in strongly condemning this malicious activity... More>>

ALSO:

Government: Commits $600,000 To Flood Recovery

The Government is contributing $600,000 to help residents affected by the weekend’s violent weather with recovery efforts. Acting Minister for Emergency Management Kris Faafoi and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor have been in the Buller district this afternoon to assess flood damage and support the local response effort... More>>

ALSO:



NZUS Council: Welcomes Nomination Of Senator Tom Udall As US Ambassador To NZ

The NZUS Council welcomes the nomination of Senator Tom Udall to the role of US Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, NZUS Council executive director Jordan Small said... More>>

BusinessNZ: Visa Extensions Welcomed
BusinessNZ has welcomed the extension of some critical skill visa durations and changes to immigration systems to speed processing. Chief Executive Kirk Hope says move acknowledges advocacy by the hospitality sector, the BusinessNZ Network and others, and comes not a moment too soon.... More>>



Social Development: Government Initiatives Contribute To Fall In Benefit Numbers

Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the release of the June quarter Benefit Statistics which show a continuing fall in the number of people receiving a Main Benefit... More>>


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels