Getting the waterworks flowing

Straight from city council
A personal view,
by Councillor Steve Morris

Tauranga residents are pretty patient when it comes to the growing pains our city is experiencing. We can cope with roadworks and construction noise as the ‘price of progress' but one thing I quickly learned upon becoming a councillor is that people have zero tolerance for any disruption to their water supply and rightly so.

Water metering ensures we are quite conservative with our use compared to other councils but despite this our residents and businesses used a whopping 14 million tonnes of water last year – that's the weight of more than 24,000 fully fuelled and loaded Airbus A380s. The system is reaching capacity, and we are close to having water restrictions if next summer is a dry one.

Not only do restrictions inconvenience residents who could be facing reduced water pressure from 2021 but they restrict economic development; without the capacity, major water-using businesses simply won't locate here. That's why we're investing more than $110m over the next four years in a third water plant, new reservoir and pipeline back to the city from the crystal clear Waiari Stream just outside Te Puke.

2 Comments

Woah, steady on Steve with the eye watering spin

Posted on 15-07-2017 20:27 | By Murray.Guy

The Waiari Stream project is being timed to meet our future growth needs as the city expands towards Te Puke so skip all the smoke and mirrors, risk to the economy etc. The costs associated with this are all met by the 'water activity and users'. Just as we built roads further out, pipes to carry waste, so do we, in a timely manner (best guess often), increase our water collection, treatment and storage capacity.

But

Posted on 14-07-2017 18:28 | By Capt_Kaveman

you still have not taken the poison out of the water

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