Wastewater Pilot Programme

Wastewater Pilot Programme

Date Published: 
July 2017

We know that drug use causes significant harm in our communities so in December 2016 New Zealand Police began a wastewater pilot programme to get an accurate assessment of the prevalence of drug use in the community.

Data is collected from the wastewater facilities for one week every month and will be reported publicly on a quarterly basis through this report.

The current focus of the programme is to establish a baseline of what consumption looks like among the population covered by the Auckland and Christchurch testing sites.