New regulations on dams aim to protect NZ from 'potentially catastrophic impacts'

A Radio NZ Article.

New safety regulations on dams, setting limits on how high they can be and how much water they can hold, are coming in.

The regulations set up a regime for inspecting and maintaining at least 1500 dams.

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) announced today that Cabinet had approved policy decisions for the development of the new safety regulations.

“Dams are an essential part of our infrastructure – for water supply, power generation, irrigation, mining and storm water management. Cabinet’s decision today recognises the importance of ensuring this part of our infrastructure remains robust, safe and well cared for,” MBIE’s Building Policy Manager Amy Moorhead said.

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