13 Apr 2022

Asbestos water pipes widespread, but low risk to health

From Midday Report, 12:43 pm on 13 April 2022

Asbestos fibres are leaching into Christchurch's drinking water from ageing underground pipes.

Ōtautahi has nearly 800 kilometres of asbestos-cement piping; and nationwide, that figure is around 9,000 kilometres.

When laid, the pipes were expected to last about a century, but they're deteriorating more quickly than expected.

For more on this, Māni Dunlop spoke to Water New Zealand's chief executive Gillian Blythe.