Achieving compliance with the Health Act 1956 and the Drinking Water Standards for New Zealand (dwsnz)
As a networked drinking-water supplier you are legally required to demonstrate that you are providing safe drinking-water to your customers.
Changes to the Health Act 1956 (during 2019) require water suppliers to ensure that all drinking-water supplied to consumers fully complies with the Drinking Water Standards New Zealand (Section 69V of the Act). This legislative change, coupled with national proposals to establish a dedicated ‘drinking-water regulator’ to increase regulatory compliance across the drinking-water sector, means water suppliers may need to review the way they are providing safe drinking-water and therefore demonstrating compliance with the Standards and the Health Act 1956.
Given our in-depth knowledge of the Drinking Water Standards New Zealand we have the relevant expertise and experience to provide support to Water
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Wai Comply can support Drinking Water Suppliers to better understand the Drinking Water Standards New Zealand through:
1. Ensuring Water Suppliers are implementing safe drinking-water practices.
2. Review practices against compliance and legislative requirements.
3. Undertake comprehensive reviews of existing compliance approaches across any number of water treatment plants or distribution zones.
4. Determine whether the most robust and appropriate compliance option is being utilised against the requirements.
Our specifically formulated compliance strategies aim to:
- Combine all such compliance requirements for all water suppliers respective supplies into one succinct document.
- Provide a consistent approach that aligns to the legislation.
- Ensuring that Drinking Water Standards New Zealand compliance and a Water Safety Plan (Component 5 of the WSP Framework) are in alignment.
Compliance Monitoring Programmes and Reporting
Wai Comply are proficient in a range of compliance monitoring and reporting software packages
- We can review and maintain compliance reporting systems in alignment with a WSP (Component 8 of the WSP Framework)
- Ensure all records are submitted to the Drinking Water Assessor or required individuals within a water suppliers governance structure
- Report in a comprehensive manner.
It is important that Drinking Water Suppliers ensure safe drinking-water is supplied and demonstrate adherence with the Drinking Water Standards New Zealand. Responding to drinking-water events (such as transgressions) can be very complex and demanding of water suppliers and Drinking Water Assessors to respond to.
“When responding to water supply events, time is of the essence”. At Wai Comply we have experience in responding to a number of water supply emergencies:
- Christchurch and Kaikoura earthquakes
- Havelock North waterborne outbreak
- Proficient in New Zealand based emergency management CIMS.We are well placed to support water suppliers during these tough times.
At Wai Comply we can assist water suppliers in the following areas:
- Drinking Water Supply emergency response plans
- Contingency response plans
- Communications plans
- Remedial response plans
- Undertake emergency response exercises, and
- Develop final reports.
All in alignment with Water Safety Plan planning and development (Component 7 of the WSP Framework).
Catchment Sanitary Risk Assessments
At Wai Comply we can develop and undertake Catchment Sanitary Risk Assessments (CSRAs) for water suppliers in alignment with existing (or developing) Water Safety Plans (WSPs).
- Undertake a review of water supply catchments and determine what sources of contamination which may exist in the catchment (chemical, microbiological and radiological)
- Support the determination of the risk to the water supply (and abatement through adopting a multi-barrier approach to treatment)
- Establish the log reduction values compliance requirement for your water supply
“We want to contribute to compliance through building confidence with our clients”
At Wai Comply, we have 12+ years of combined experience working as auditors, we can support the design and implementing robust quality assurance practices through the following:
- Development of guidelines
- Standard operating procedures
- Quality Manuals