We provide safe potable water supplies via nine urban and two rural water supply schemes. We also have extensive wastewater and stormwater systems throughout the district. In this section: Contracting to Council Stormwater Wastewater Treatment Water Demand Strategy Water Rates Water Supply Water Restrictions The Ministry of Health reminds all of us to flush a mug of drinking water from our taps every morning. This removes any metals that may have disolved from the plumbing fittings overnight. Some plumbing fittings have the potential to allow minute traces of metal to accumulate in water standing in the fittings for several hours. The Ministry recommends this simple precaution for all households in New Zealand, including those on public and private water supplies.