FROM THE NEWS DESK
This week it’s all about water, whether it be putting a chemical in it to help protect our teeth, or paying for it through meters. To the fluoride matter first, this is an issue which has affected every community around New Zealand. Councils have spent hours considering whether the chemical should be added to water supplies. Much of the debate is emotive and councillors have struggled to separate the emotion from the science. Local Government New Zealand has said it’s better for district health boards to make decisions over fluoride, rather than make each council repeat the process. To the water meters issue, it appears some properties remain on a shared water connection and therefore will share a meter, and have to share the costs. Residents who contacted the Edition said they did not see why they should have to pay $2000 to separate their connections when they believe that responsibility sits with the council, which is installing the meters.