Drinking Water Assistance Programme

Safe drinking water coming out of a kitchen mixer tap.Safe drinking-water is a necessity for people’s health but many small New Zealand communities do not have access to drinking-water that is shown to be safe. These are the communities that Community and Public Health wants to help through the Drinking Water Assistance Programme.

The Ministry of Health’s Drinking Water Technical Assistance Programme provides technical assistance to water suppliers and tankered water carriers. Any networked supplier serving 25 to 5000 people can participate, and there is no charge. This programme started on 1st July 2005 and aims to provide resources to assist these suppliers and carriers to prepare water safety plans. These plans will assess potential problems and identify and manage risks.

The Drinking-water Subsidy Scheme provided funding to eligible community drinking-water supplies to help them provide safe drinking-water from 2006 to 2015. The Government has closed the ten year Drinking-water Subsidy Scheme to new applications.

The Ministry of Health has many resources relating to drinking-water and water safety plans.


Contact the Drinking Water Assistance Programme Facilitator for more information:

Kathryn Russell
Ph: +64 3 378 6811
Fax: +64 3 379 6484

Page last updated: 20/10/2020

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