FROM THE NEWS DESK
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.