Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne has welcomed the Government’s plans to improve water quality within the next five years, announced by Environment Minister David Parker today.

"Tasman District Council is a unitary authority - with regional council responsibilities for freshwater management – so we are dedicated to safeguarding our precious water resources. Tools and support to help us do that more effectively are always welcome."

Richard said the steps outlined by the minister appeared to be moving in the right direction.

"We look forward to seeing more detail on how the Government’s plan will be put into action. There are a lot of competing values around water, its use and protection and the development of a workable regime to improve water quality is not an easy task.

"All regional and unitary councils are in the midst of working with their communities to implement the current National Policy Statement for Freshwater. Care will be needed to make sure the new suite of proposed changes do not undo or relitigate the hard work and dedication that has got us to this point.

"Clean, swimmable water is something we all aspire to and I look forward to working with Government as we all work towards better water quality."