We have shared our findings on what caused the discolouration of Timaru’s drinking water in late 2021.
Taking action for sustainable use and management of water
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?
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.
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.
How are we doing on our key initiatives?
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.
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.
Recent highlights and updates
New rules in the Canterbury Land and Water Regional Plan will see more water kept in the Hakatere/Ashburton River.