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The Waipa District Coun­cil’s U-turn on its water me­ters pro­posal leads on to an­other water is­sue - form­ing a water com­pany with two other neigh­bour­ing coun­cils, Hamil­ton city and Waikato district. The Waipa coun­cil was to de­cide this week on whether form­ing a nonas­set own­ing com­pany to man­age water and waste­water ser­vices is its pre­ferred op­tion. If it de­cides to do so, form­ing a water com­pany is a topic that will be of­fered up to the pub­lic for com­ment. A nonas­set own­ing com­pany is one where all water and waste­water as­sets would con­tinue to be owned by Waipa District Coun­cil. It is a de­par­ture from an ini­tial model pro­posed, which in­volved each coun­cil trans­fer­ring as­sets to a com­pany rep­re­sent­ing the three. Keep­ing all water as­sets un­der the con­trol of Waipa is a pru­dent move when con­sid­er­ing the ex­tra­or­di­nary rate of de­vel­op­ment the district is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing now, and is pro­jected to ex­pe­ri­ence over the com­ing 30 years.

Lawrence Gullery

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