Three Waters


Drinking Water Programme

The Rural Drinking Water Programme supports kāinga and rural drinking water suppliers to upgrade their drinking water systems.

The Rural Drinking Water Programme – Te Hōtaka Wai Inu Taiwhenua – is intended to improve drinking water for marae, kōhanga reo, and papakāinga and other private rural supplies that are not connected to a town supply.

The programme focuses on kāinga, marae and other non-council rural community supplies that must comply with drinking water standards by November 2022 and are located in areas of high vulnerability.

The $30 million Rural Drinking Water Fund will provide communities with treatment systems, training and maintenance to help them keep their water safe, as well as meet new regulatory requirements and drinking water rules.

Everyone should have access to have safe drinking water - no matter where they are in the country. $20 million has been set aside specifically to upgrade water treatment systems for rural marae, kāinga and kōhanga reo. $10 million has been set aside specifically for private drinking water suppliers that are not for profit, in areas of high vulnerability. The funding acknowledges the historic inequities of access to safe drinking water in rural areas.

Find out more about the programme and register your interest on the Crown Infrastructure website.

Buildings with water tanks beside the in rural New Zealand

Pakirikiri Marae, one of the initial sites for the Rural Drinking Water Programme.