Water Services

We provide safe potable water supplies via nine urban and two rural water supply schemes. We also have extensive wastewater and stormwater systems throughout the district.

More costs down the line with proposed Water Services Bill says our Mayor

Mayor Sandra spoke to her submission on the proposed Water Services Bill via Zoom on Monday 29 March, which is currently going through Parliament to make its way into law.

The proposed legislation is about the delivery of drinking water and covers reticulated systems, water delivered by tanker, owners of extraction points water treatment, personnel, registration, compliance and penalties.

“This Bill, if it becomes law, will generate an avalanche of costs to providers, and users,” says Mayor Sandra.  “It will have a huge impact upon the services to the Coromandel, where we have many private, community-owned or community operated drinking water supplies.”

Water Suppliers as defined in the Bill will have to do the following:

  • Become authorised and hold a licence
  • Provide a Water Safety Plan
  • Provide a Water Risk Management Plan – and potential risk.
  • Undertake monitoring, which includes the water source and its ‘aesthetic’ values.
  • Undertake Enforcement if a TLA
  • Costs for iwi involvement.
  • Pay a prescribed levy to the Water Regulator.

The general theme of our Council’s submission is that the assessment, addressing of any on-going issues including system upgrade requirements and potential take-over of these private and community-owned or community operated drinking water supplies, not be placed upon territorial local authorities and its ratepayer base.

You can read the full submission here.

The Ministry of Health reminds all of us to flush a mug of drinking water from our taps every morning.

This removes any metals that may have disolved from the plumbing fittings overnight.

Some plumbing fittings have the potential to allow minute traces of metal to accumulate in water standing in the fittings for several hours.

The Ministry recommends this simple precaution for all households in New Zealand, including those on public and private water supplies.