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Legislation regarding Taumata Arowai.

Read our key documents including the Water Services Act, which came into effect on 15 November 2021, and Taumata Arowai-the Water Services Regulator Act, which Taumata Arowai was established under. 

Standards, Rules, Aesthetic Values and Acceptable Solutions

We have developed drafts for new Drinking Water Quality Assurance Rules, Drinking Water Standards, Aesthetic Values, and Acceptable Solutions. We welcomed feedback on these during public consultation, which closed on 28 March 2022.

The new Drinking Water Standards were set by the Minister of Local Government on 9 June 2022 and will come into effect on 14 November 2022.

The existing Drinking-water Standards for New Zealand (DWSNZ) will continue to apply until replaced by new standards (expected around 1 July 2022). Read our guidance on operating under the current Drinking-water Standards when they don’t align with the Water Services Act 2021


The Water Services (Fees and Charges) Regulations 2021 stipulate the fees and charges that must be paid for applications under the Water Services Act 2021. Find out more about the fees and charges that apply in certain situations. 

Gazette notices

The New Zealand Gazette is the official Government newspaper and authoritative journal of constitutional record. It contains official government notifications that are required by legislation to be published.