Raise a glass as NPDC's drinking water makes the grade

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The next time you grab a glass of water from the tap – make it a champagne glass to celebrate NPDC’s drinking water coming out tops!

The Ministry of Health has confirmed that the district’s public water supplies are 100% safe to drink.

“The measures for safe drinking water continue to rise over the years and we’re very pleased that the work by our skilled staff ensures we keep meeting these higher standards,” says NPDC Group Manager Planning and Infrastructure David Langford.

The 100% compliance under the National Drinking Water standards and the Health Act has been confirmed for the 12 months to the end of June 2020.

It comes as we face a bill of up to $300 million to upgrade our water network across the district. Water repairs were a popular topic for feedback during the Top 10 Kōrero which will help us prepare the next 10-Year Plan.

NPDC provides four water supplies in the district: Okato, Oakura, Inglewood and New Plymouth (which provides water as far north as Urenui).

It costs NPDC about $12 million a year to provide clean and healthy water to residents, including operating treatment plants and maintaining a network of about 800km of pipes and reservoirs.