31 Jul 2017

Drinking water needs fundamental reform - engineer

From Nine To Noon, 9:22 am on 31 July 2017

A top water engineer says Havelock North's water contamination inquiry should lead to fundamental reform of New Zealand's drinking water regulation. A central question the inquiry is seeking to answer is whether groundwater can ever be considered safe for drinking without some form of treatment. Iain Rabbitts is a Water and Wastewater engineer at Harrison Grierson - he says the treatment of all drinking water should be mandatory as a starting point, followed by an complete overhall of how drinking water is managed. Kathryn also talks with Canterbury District Health Board's Chief Medical Officer, Alastair Humphrey.