New Fund Will Pave Way For Multi-Billion Dollar Overhaul Of Water Sector
08 Jul, 2020

A $761 million package for a major overhaul of the country’s ailing water sector was announced today. The money will help councils upgrade creaking infrastructure and services – but they'll have to agree to sweeping changes proposed by the Government to get the cash.

Billions of dollars of investment is urgently needed to ensure drinking water supplies are safe, wastewater is not damaging the environment and to replace ageing and leaking pipes.

The extent of the problem has come under fresh scrutiny since 2016’s Havelock North campylobacter outbreak, which left four people dead and 5500 ill.