The Drinking Water Quality Management Policy is a direct response to the Havelock North gastroenteritis outbreak, which resulted from contamination of the town’s drinking water supply in August 2016.
Read the drinking water policy. (pdf, 451 KB)
Government guidance issued in 2019 following an investigation into the Havelock North contamination identified the need for Councils to put clear policy in place demonstrating commitment to six fundamental principles of drinking water safety.
The ‘source to tap’ approach means the Council will:
Other key elements of the policy include: