The New Zealand governemnt has announced a new programme to look after New Zealand’s water.
The programme is called the Three Waters Reform.
The “three waters” refer to our drinking water, our wastewater and our stormwater. In the past these have been looked after by the 67 Councils around New Zealand.
However, over the last few years there have been issues with tap water, polluted swimming water, and pipes breaking spewing sewage into the streets.
To help solve these problems the government will take control of all New Zealand’s water. To do this they will create four publicly owned water entities for the benefit of all New Zealanders.
These new entities will work with councils and communities to deliver better health and wellbeing outcomes for our communities and protect our environment for generations to come.
The cost of the programme is huge. It is estimated that it will cost around $185 billion over 30 years.