Water quality framework needs improvement says LGNZ
LGNZ’s Water 2050: Quality – Review of the framework for water quality
discussion paper released today has identified three key issues for New Zealand’s framework for water quality, and
points to opportunities for change that could be a focus under the Government’s Three Waters Review.
LGNZ’s review of the regulatory framework considers how we can better meet the quality of freshwater through
environmental standards and protect the quality of our drinking water through specific health-related standards.
“The key finding from our review is that the regulatory framework for fresh water and drinking water does not take into
account adequately the costs for communities to meet these standards,” says LGNZ President Dave Cull.
“There also needs to be better understanding of the costs and associated funding to meet these. Councils have competing
priorities on water quality standards and we need to work with central government to agree what the priorities are that
need to be addressed.”
LGNZ’s Quality discussion paper identifies five key opportunities for change that could result in better drinking and
“If new standards for water quality are set we need to understand the costs, how we fund these and whether communities
can afford them on their own. We need to partner to meet these quality and funding challenges so we are all part of a
single system, while also recognising our respective roles and responsibilities.”
The Quality discussion paper will be launched today at the LGNZ Water Summit
, where national and international speakers will explore issues around drinking water regulation, funding for three
waters infrastructure, alternative options for the delivery of water services and challenges in freshwater management.
The Quality discussion paper is the second from LGNZ’s Water 2050
project which seeks to develop an integrated water policy framework. It will be followed by a discussion paper on Cost
and Funding, which considers funding options for water infrastructure and an issues paper on water infrastructure that
will focus on the costs and investment challenges of rising standards, impacts of climate change and new regulation.