Auckland’s 2022 citizens’ assembly - a group of 37 Aucklanders representative of the people of the city based on age, gender, ethnicity, education and home ownership – recommended purified recycled water as the next source of water for our city beyond 2040.
Over a period of eight weeks, the assembly explored all potential water supply options, and the pros and cons that come with each. They talked to mana whenua to make sure the views of Māori were considered, and the principles of Te Mana o te Wai understood. Find out more about the citizens’ assembly process and the other options that were considered here
A further recommendation from the assembly was that we engage with Aucklanders to inform the public about the benefits - quality, environmental outcomes and cost - of choosing purified recycled water.
Caitlyn Jagger and Elizabeth Drayton made the recommendations on behalf of the assembly on 24 September 2022.
We won’t be the first to explore or actively use purified recycled water for drinking water purposes, as the initiative is now part of the water supply in over 35 cities across the world.
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