In this section Fluoride Rural Water Supply - Health Information Water Connections Water Conservation Water Demand Strategy Water Shutdowns and Maintenance Water Supply and Consumption - Frequently Asked Questions Water Use, Leaks and Meters Water leak detection programme - February 2021: Over the month of February, you may see our contractors doing leak detection assessments of our water reticulation network in the Tairua area. This includes checking fire hydrants, as well as our water network and water shut-off valves in domestic and commercial properties. Leak detection and repair is a routine procedure to minimise unaccounted for water losses in our network. It’s also a tactic endorsed in our Water Demand Strategy. Private tankers - January 2021: In case you see private tankers filling up from our Council’s water supply stations, this is being done with Council’s knowledge. As you would be aware, there are a number of people in our district without access to reticulated water supplies. Under the prevailing weather conditions, they are facing some hardship gaining access to drinking water. To help our communities who are faced with this situation, Council has agreed to sell them water in a managed way such that it does not affect local supplies. This does not necessarily mean that we have spare water. Also, at the moment we are conducting repair works at the Coromandel water reservoir, and therefore authorised the provision of tankered water from Matarangi. Approximately the same quantity of water has been used during the month of December in 2019 and in 2020 at Matarangi. In other words, this a consistent demand at the same time across two years. We wish to thank everyone on public water supplies for the support they have provided so far to use water carefully, so that we can all get over the peak period without any adverse impact due to water shortages. Find out more about water conservation measures from tcdc.govt.nz/waterrestrictions. Water We provide constant, sustainable and high quality water to communities throughout the Peninsula. Due to the geography and location of townships, we operate nine water treatment plants to achieve this. You may hear us talk about water demand management. This means looking at the water cycle as a whole and managing its use in the most environmentally sustainable and cost-effective way possible. Ways we can reduce water consumption and wastage are now addressed in our Water Demand Strategy. There is a great deal that we - the Council and the consumer - can do together to preserve this precious resource and reduce our impact on the natural environment. The process starts with collecting water from the natural environment. We are permitted, through appropriate resource consents to collect raw water from streams in Thames, Coromandel, Whitianga, Matarangi, Tairua and Pauanui. We also take raw water from Puriri, Omahu and Matatoki but these raw water intakes receive only limited treatment. In Whangamata, Hahei and Onemana, groundwater is abstracted through bores. Varying levels of treatment are used. Groundwater also supplements supplies at Pauanui and Matarangi. The water systems also provide water for fire fighting. Without an adequate water supply, the fire fighting service would be unable to do their jobs and public health and safety would be at risk. The statistics Average daily use 13 million litres per day Rising to 25 million litres per day in peak summer Our goal Our goal is to provide adequate and safe water for both drinking and fire fighting purposes and the promotion of water conservation. We provide adequate, safe and potable water supplies via nine urban water supply schemes throughout this district. Urban Schemes: Thames Coromandel Matarangi Whitianga Hahei Tairua Pauanui Onemana Whangamata Rural Schemes: Other rural schemes where potable water is not provided and point of use treatment is recommded are: Thames Valley including Puriri, Omahu, Wharepoa and Hikutaia. Matatoki These schemes also provide adequate pressure to ensure water supply for fire fighting, with the exception of Thames Valley and Matatoki. We also promote efficient water use and ensure that water demand management practices are implemented. Ways we can reduce water consumption and wastage are now addressed in our Water Demand Strategy, which was adopted by Council 19 September 2017. Your Community’s Water Sources Thames Urban Mangarehu Stream and Kauaeranga River Coromandel Karaka Stream and Waiau Stream MatarangiOpitonui River and groundwater WhitiangaWhangamaroro River Hahei Groundwater bore Tairua Pepe Stream and Tributary PauanuiOturu Stream and groundwater bores Onemana Groundwater bores WhangamataGroundwater bores at Wentworth Valley, Beverley Hills and Moana Point Thames Valley Omahu (supplies Omahu, Wharepoa and Hikutaia) and Apakura Stream (supplies Puriri) MatatokiMatatoki Stream RMA Consent Renewal Council is required, by the Resource Management Act, to obtain consents for many of its water related activities. Consents are required for Abstraction of water for drinking water supplies and associated structures such as dams and intakes Discharges from wastewater treatment plants and associated structures odour discharges Discharges of urban stormwater and associated structures such as culverts and headwalls As of November 2018, we are in the process of renewing consents for: Abstraction from the Omahu Stream The Omahu water take is part of the Thames Valley Scheme and is the Council water source for the Omahu, Wharepoa and Hikutaia areas. The current consent expires in March 2019 and the renewal application has been submitted to continue abstraction at the current levels but with the intent for a significant reduction as pipes are replaced and leakage identified. Discharge from the Thames Wastewater Treatment Plant The Thames WWTP has been servicing the Thames community for many years. The plant functions well and meets the needs of the community. The plant has been, and remains, fully compliant with conditions of the existing consent. The current consent expires in June 2019. Council has been, and remains, fully compliant with the current consent. It is intended to seek to renew the consent with similar requirements although it is expected that some improvements in the discharge quality will be mandated. Discharge from the Matarangi Wastewater Treatment Plant The current consent expires in December 2020 A working group has been established since June 2016 and 15 effluent discharge options have been considered. The application for the new consent will be lodged mid-2019. Discharge from the Cooks Beach Wastewater Plant The current consent expires on 30 June 2019. Council has been, and remains, fully compliant with the current consent. Application for consent replacement will be lodged before 31 March 2019. Additional groundwater monitoring has been implemented, and further surface water monitoring is intended during the summer this year, to provide additional data to support the application and facilitate on going monitoring.