As consumers, we rely on industries for lots of our goods and services. Industries use water in many different ways:
- to process food, meat and dairy products
- to process pulp and paper
- to manufacture items
- in professional cleaning services
- in chemical and concrete production
- in mining and quarrying.
Industries may require resource consent and have regulations about the amount of water they can take and how wastewater is processed.
Regional, district and local councils monitor waterways and can prosecute businesses who do not meet their obligations under the Resource Management Act.
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