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National Engineering Design Standards

Work is underway to develop clear technical National Engineering Design Standards for drinking, storm, and wastewater across Aotearoa New Zealand.

A technical code for drinking, waste and stormwater reticulation infrastructure is being developed to create national alignment on methods of design and construction and to provide more efficient and productive delivery of water of water infrastructure to New Zealand communities. This work had been known as the Code of Practice, but this name is now changing to the National Engineering Design Standards (NEDS).   

Currently 45 water codes, guides and standards exist. The aim is to develop the first ever nationally consistent engineering design standards, that brings in best practice from New Zealand and Australia.  

The standards are expected to be completed in July 2024. 

Click here for further background information.    

Here are the NEDS General FAQs and the Technical FAQs .