Following the Havelock North Water contamination, the government has implemented a demanding compliance program for all water supplies, including small private water systems. Water must be treated to a high quality and it must be tested regularly. Every water system must have a Water Safety Plan which is audited frequently.
To comply with the new standards, water treatment plants have to upgraded and personnel operating the system must be suitably qualified.
This makes the operation of private water supplies difficult and many are looking at alternative options. In addition, councils must invest in their current systems to comply with the new regulations.