Ross Muggeridge, Commercial Pump Engineer at Davey Water Products is part of the Taumata Arowai Reference Group – a team of technical water experts who are helping make decisions on how the scheme will be implemented.
“Ultimately Taumata Arowai will seek to provide safe water to everyone by putting in place a framework which guarantees a continued supply of safe drinking water. To ensure this is a success there are equipment, servicing and operating standards coming into play. The goal is to ensure the guidelines are prescriptive – that they not only tell you the end result but how to get there,” he says.
There are two separate water supplier groups who will be regulated by Taumata Arowai. The first group supply water to multiple dwellings e.g. councils or water schemes in small rural villages. Any water scheme providing water to more than 500 houses comes under Health/NZ drinking water standards and they are already quite regulated.