Drinking water standards upgrade

We're now in the final year of the three-year project to upgrade 10 water treatment facilities across our district as we keep improving the quality of our drinking water supplies.


Video: Click to watch - Don't Bug Me! This video looks at the access and presence of pathogens in drinking-water supplies. It is intended for small drinking water supplies like ours.

A Government inquiry was sparked by the 2016 Havelock North gastro outbreak, which was linked to four deaths, and called for a major overhaul of water supplies, including mandatory treatment.

Photo above: Our Mayor Sandra Goudie (pictured above, left) with Tairua-Pauanui Community Board Chair Warwick Brooks officially opened the new plant on Tairua’s Hinemoa Tce in August 2020.

Tairua, Pauanui and Whitianga's new water treatment plants have been upgraded, marking an important milestone in our drinking water standards project - Tautiaki Wai Māori. 

Latest update March 2021:

  • Coromandel Town – Construction nearing completion and commissioning will start in April with an official opening likely to be in May/June 2021.
  • Beverley Hills (Whangamatā) – Construction work is almost finished, and the plant installation work is expected to start in April/May 2021.
  • Wentworth Valley (Whangamatā) – The building consent submission is due mid-March and we hope to start on this site in May 2021.
  • Moana Point (Whangamatā) – Enabling works will start in April 2021.
  • Hahei – Drilling has started to establish potential locations of new underground aquifers.

The plants are fitted with the latest technology and methodologies for treating our water including Evoca-supplied membrane units, new filtration, dosing and monitoring equipment.

All of these upgrades will ensure our drinking water quality complies with the current NZ Drinking Water standards.

The drinking water treatment plant at Thames was upgraded more recently than the other plants, and is not due for an upgrade as part of this project.