Taumata Arowai–the Water Services Regulator Bill

11 Functions of Taumata Arowai

Taumata Arowai’s general functions are to—

(a)

provide national-level oversight, leadership, communication, and co-ordination in relation to—

(i)

drinking water safety and regulation, including the management of risks to sources of drinking water; and

(ii)

the environmental performance, management, and regulation of wastewater and stormwater networks; and

(b)

identify and monitor matters that affect the safety of drinking water, and the environmental performance of wastewater and stormwater networks, including current and emerging contaminants; and

(c)

develop standards that relate to drinking water composition and develop other regulatory requirements and measures necessary to fulfil its responsibilities under this or any other enactment; and

(d)

provide oversight of, and information to central and local government in relation to,—

(i)

the development, operation, and effectiveness of standards, regulations, and other statutory requirements for wastewater and stormwater; and

(ii)

compliance with, monitoring of, and enforcement of standards, regulations, and other statutory requirements affecting wastewater networks, stormwater networks, wastewater network operators, and stormwater network operators; and

(e)

monitor and enforce compliance with relevant drinking water legislation and standards, and other regulatory requirements for which Taumata Arowai has responsibility; and

(f)

facilitate, promote, or support research, education, and training, to support drinking water safety and regulation, the management of risks to sources of drinking water, and the environmental performance, management, and regulation of wastewater and stormwater networks; and

(g)

build and maintain the capability of drinking water suppliers to fulfil their regulatory responsibilities; and

(h)

provide guidance, advice, or information on matters that relate to drinking water safety and regulation, the management of risks to sources of drinking water, and the environmental performance, management, and regulation of wastewater and stormwater networks; and

(i)

identify, prepare, or promote national guidelines and good practices that relate to—

(i)

drinking water; and

(ii)

wastewater networks, stormwater networks, wastewater network operators, and stormwater network operators; and

(j)

perform or exercise the functions, duties, and powers conferred or imposed on it by this Act or any other enactment; and

(k)

perform any other functions or activities that are consistent with its objectives and that Taumata Arowai considers are necessary or desirable to enable the achievement of those objectives, except functions or activities performed by any central government agency or another regulator; and

(l)

perform any other functions relevant to its objectives that the responsible Minister directs in accordance with section 112 of the Crown Entities Act 2004.