Government has appointed Crown Infrastructure Partners (CIP) to manage and work with the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) to deliver a $30m Rural Drinking Water Programme to provide communities with treatment systems, training and maintenance to help them keep their water safe, as well as to meet new regulatory requirements and drinking water rules. This programme is intended to build capacity and capability of water treatment plant installers, operators and maintainers in rural areas. CIP is working together with Te Puni Kōkiri and Taumata Arowai to deliver this programme of work.
The Rural Drinking Water Programme will provide you, your whānau and visitors with safe and healthy drinking water that complies with the New Zealand Drinking Water Standards.
It will save your community time and money upgrading your water infrastructure, provide your community with training to maintain your water treatment equipment and help you meet the new regulatory requirements that Taumata Arowai is preparing.
Overall, it will enable your community to thrive and achieve its aspirations for water.
Everyone should have access to have safe drinking water – no matter where they are in the country. $20 million has been set aside specifically to upgrade water treatment systems for rural marae, kāinga and kōhanga reo. $10 million has been set aside specifically for private drinking water suppliers that are not for profit, in areas of high vulnerability. The funding acknowledges the historic inequities of access to safe drinking water in rural areas.
Rural communities that are not able to be connected to council-owned drinking water supplies will be able to register for water treatment infrastructure to be delivered under the Rural Drinking Water Programme. More information about who can register to receive drinking water infrastructure is here