Water Services Reform

Search waterservicesreform.govt.nz

What is the water services programme?

Water services programme refers to the infrastructure and services that deliver our drinking water, wastewater and stormwater services.

Drinking water

Waters Services Programme will make the necessary changes to ensure the water we drink is safe and clean.

Safe and reliable drinking water is essential for the health of our people and our environment.

Taumata Arowai is New Zealand’s water services regulator and has been set up to strengthen our regulatory environment to ensure New Zealanders have access to safe drinking water that won’t make them sick.


Water Services Programme will change and improve the way we collect, process and release the water we use in things like toilets, showers, and sinks, as well as industry.

Network failures like burst pipes and sewage spills on our streets and beaches are signs that our wastewater system is in trouble. 

We need to grow, maintain and upgrade wastewater networks to meet community expectations and environmental standards.


Water Services Programme will change and improve the way we deal with the water collected from rain through pipes, drains, and channels to prevent flooding and pollution of our drinking.

Stormwater management is crucial for dealing with the overflow of water on properties and streets when it rains. Stormwater networks are increasingly under pressure with severe weather events, climate change and population growth.