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Three Waters Reform

The government is proposing changes to the way our drinking-water, stormwater, and wastewater services are delivered through the Three Waters Reform.

The Three Waters Reform was originally triggered by the 2016 campylobacteriosis outbreak in Havelock North. This event led to the introduction of new legislation and a new national regulator for water services called Taumata Arowai. This organisation will have responsibility for overseeing and enforcing new drinking water regulations and providing oversight of the environment from the impacts of wastewater and stormwater.

Currently most three waters assets and services in New Zealand are owned and delivered by local councils and are paid for by rates.

The government is proposing that three water services move from the 67 councils, who currently manage these, into four large entities.

The proposed reform would see Buller District become part of Entity D that covers most of the South Island.

Council is considering to what extent the proposed reforms will benefit the community now and in the future.

Council has received information from the government and has participated in various workshops and meetings to better understand what is being proposed and what it may mean for us in Buller.

Quality drinking water with responsible environmental outcomes continues to be a priority for council.

Council will work through the risks and opportunities the proposed reforms offer our communities.

The Three Waters Reform proposal is complex.

The Mayor is available at weekly chat sessions at the Clocktower most Monday mornings 9am – noon. Residents are welcome to call in and have a chat with him about the proposed Three Water reforms or other topics.

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If you would like to access more information about the Three Water Reform please use the resources below.

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