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 did we do: We submitted water reform legislation and proposed amendments to the National Environmental Standards for drinking water and undertook an analysis of the implications of meeting this new legislative requirement. This included a Three Waters compliance stocktake, which was shared with regional councils in the Ngāi Tahu takiwā. We continue to engage with Canterbury territorial authorities on asset ownership and flood response, and with on-site wastewater industry groups to lift performance.
Other work included an urban microplastics campaign, with over 60 sites visited and advice provided to address any onsite issues. Businesses have been very receptive to staff and advice, with very positive feedback provided during site visits.
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 did we do: The Regional Infrastructure Work Programme annual report is available on our website.
How are we doing on our key initiatives?
How are we doing: We submitted on the Water Services Legislation Bill and provided advice to the Ministry for the Environment (MFE) on National Environmental Standard for Drinking Water. Ongoing compliance monitoring of territorial authorities (TAs) wastewater and stormwater resource consents was undertaken and TAs were engaged with on compliance matters.
Recent highlights and updates
New rules in the Canterbury Land and Water Regional Plan will see more water kept in the Hakatere/Ashburton River.