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Taking action for sustainable use and management of water

Last updated: 01 November 2023
Reporting frequency: Quarterly
Portfolio: Water and land

We are accelerating actions to improve and protect drinking water sources, and set standards for effective management of stormwater and wastewater.

We are supporting water users to develop infrastructure and practices (including exploring the role of environmental infrastructure) to access water sources and use them sustainably.

How are we tracking on our Levels of Service?

Level of Service 7: Work with Ngāi Tahu, the community, industry, and the region’s city and district councils to improve Three Waters, including urban water quality.

To achieve this Level of Service, we will deliver prioritised catchment programmes to improve urban water quality.

How are we doing: We continue to work with district councils to improve Three Waters outcomes, including through compliance monitoring of wastewater plants and stormwater networks. We have also worked with district councils to prepare for possible changes through Affordable Waters Reform. We have progressed work with South Island regional councils to align Three Waters compliance approaches.

Implementing the Comprehensive Stormwater Consent with Christchurch City Council is ongoing and is occurring over a multi-year time frame.

The micro plastics campaign is on track with nearly 100 sites visited with advice provided to address any onsite issues.

Within the sediment and erosion campaign, a ‘rainy-day campaign’ has been completed, visiting potential high-risk sediment erosion sites.   

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Level of Service 12: Partner with others to ensure that regional water infrastructure contributes to outcomes sought through the Canterbury Water Management Strategy and central government's Essential Freshwater package, and improves resilience.

To achieve this Level of Service, we will identify opportunities for improving environmental outcomes through infrastructure and establish projects though a regional work programme.

How are we doing: We are reviewing the work over the past decade on regional infrastructure. A report is being drafted to aid in planning and reporting on the regional infrastructure work programme for 2023/24. 

On track

How are we doing on our key initiatives?

Three Waters reform and implementation

How are we doing: We are delivering our regulatory responsibilities, preparing for the creation of new water entities, and supporting improvements to Three Waters outcomes.   

Our drinking water webpage was updated to support the first part of the private well owners information campaign and new on-site wastewater pages are now live.  

We have engaged with district councils on potential flood management asset transfer under the Affordable Water Reform and on their implementation and processes to achieve outcomes under stormwater network consents. A memorandum of understanding was signed with Waimakariri District Council to support processes for identification of high-risk sites. Compliance monitoring of district councils' wastewater plants and stormwater networks is ongoing as part of the High-Priority Consents programme with compliance issues identified and addressed. 

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