Water distribution and treatment
Water is essential for life, health, recreation and the environment. In our district water is also essential for economic development - if new industries cannot get access to water, they will not come here. This group of activities contributes to the environment and economic community outcomes.
What we do
The Waikato Regional Council allocates water from our lakes and rivers for household, commercial and industrial uses. We currently have 20 resource consents to take water from lakes, rivers, bores and other sources in the district.
We treat, store and distribute water for residential, commercial and industrial properties in Taupo, Turangi, Mangakino and 18 other settlements in the district. That water is supplied continuously. We have strict requirements for our water contractors to fix any breaks quickly and cost-effectively.
For water schemes that do not yet meet New Zealand Drinking Water Standards, we are focussed on ensuring security of supply, so that communities can be confident that the supply of potable water is maintained. We also supply water for fire-fighting in urban areas.
Taupo's Water Treatment Plant
Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest lake, is a national treasure and the source of our drinking water. We produce 25,000 cubic metres of drinking water every day.
The water treatment plant was upgraded to:
- Ensure everyone has safe drinking water
- Meet updated New Zealand Drinking Water Standards
- Provide sufficient water for peak demands
The water treatment plant combines the functionality of a working water treatment plant with an opportunity to enhance the views of one of the country's most scenic locations.
The $25.4 million upgrade has been named as one of three finalists in the Beca Infrastructure Project of the Year in the Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) EXCELLENCE Awards.