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Read the PHCC submission on the Local Government (Water Services Preliminary Arrangements) Bill.

The submission strongly opposes the removal of the hierarchy of obligations (which includes the prioritisation of drinking water) from Taumata Arowai’s work to develop wastewater standards, as proposed by the Bill.

Wastewater can enter drinking water sources and cause serious illness and death. The safety of people’s drinking water must remain prioritised through the hierarchy of obligations. 

Removing the hierarchy of obligations from Taumata Arowai’s work means deprioritising the safety and quality of people’s drinking water and potentially increasing the risk of illness from polluted drinking water. 

Read the full PHCC submission to the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee on the Local Government (Water Services Preliminary Arrangements) Bill


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