Drinking water on councils’ minds

Both tap water and bottled water are high on the menu for Councils as they tussle with the Government over water quality standards and water allocation.

Local authorities under fire for giving consents to overseas companies wanting to bottle and sell water are waiting for the Government to rule on whether they can start charging for water, but they are also admitting that their previous lobbying against tighter drinking water standards was “probably incorrect”.

LGNZ President Lawrence Yule has welcomed the Government taskforce on water allocation, saying a decision needed to be made “once and for all” on whether councils could charge for water.

Currently, councils have to consider a consent application, but cannot charge for the water taken.

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