Water safety consultation

Submissions have now closed.

Submissions closed 2 October 2020.

Thank you to all those who shared their feedback. 


We’re looking at the best way to ensure we’re supplying clean, healthy water through all the council owned supplies in the District. 

Most of our water supplies are chlorinated. We’re proposing to permanently chlorinate the rest: Upper TakakaHamama, Motueka, Riwaka/Kaiteriteri and Richmond. 

The proposal to chlorinate has been prompted by the findings of a government inquiry into the 2016 gastroenteritis outbreak in Havelock North after the town’s drinking water supply became contaminated with Campylobacter. 5,500 people became ill and 45 people were hospitalised. The outbreak is thought to have contributed to four deaths 

One of the key recommendations from the Havelock North Inquiry that is relevant to our water supplies is having a multi barrier approach to prevent contamination.  

This is crucial because our water sources can be affected by a range of contaminants. A multi-barrier approach uses several methods to treat water, reducing the risk of contaminated water reaching the point of supply and people. Examples of barriers are:   

  • Source protection 
  • Filtration 
  • Ultraviolet treatment 
  • Chlorination (residual disinfection) 

Read the full consultation document here. (pdf, 958 KB) 

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