Waipa to con­firm stand on water CCO

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‘‘The com­pany would not own any ma­jor water as­sets; as­sets like waste­water plants and reser­voirs would re­main 100 per cent owned by each coun­cil.

A de­ci­sion is to be made by the Waipa District Coun­cil on its op­tions on form­ing a water com­pany.

One op­tion is form­ing a nonas­set own­ing com­pany to man­age water and waste­water ser­vices is its pre­ferred op­tion.

Since 2012 the coun­cil, along with Hamil­ton City and Waikato District Coun­cils, has been con­sid­er­ing how to more ef­fi­ciently and cost-ef­fec­tively de­liver water and waste­water ser­vices.

In­de­pen­dent re­ports in­di­cated coun­cils would gain sig­nif­i­cant fi­nan­cial and non-fi­nan­cial ben­e­fits from form­ing a waters com­pany.

Fol­low­ing a work­shop in April, Waipa District Coun­cil said it would be will­ing to dis­cuss a shared waters man­age­ment com­pany with Hamil­ton and Waikato.

The com­pany would be a nonas­set own­ing Coun­cil Con­trolled Or­gan­i­sa­tion (CCO) that would em­ploy staff to man­age water, waste water and stormwa­ter as­sets on be­half of the three coun­cils.

The com­pany would not own any ma­jor water as­sets; as­sets like waste­water plants and reser­voirs would re­main 100 per cent owned by each coun­cil.

All de­ci­sions would con­tinue to be made by in­di­vid­ual coun­cils with the com­pany ad­vis­ing each coun­cil on where and when to in­vest.

Each coun­cil would con­tinue to de­cide how to charge its own com­mu­nity for water; the com­pany could not make that de­ci­sion.

At its coun­cil meet­ing his week, Waipa District Coun­cil was to de­cide whether or not a nonas­set own­ing com­pany was its pre­ferred model.

If so, Waipa would re­open dis­cus­sions with Hamil­ton city and Waikato district to nut out de­tails be­fore tak­ing a for­mal pro­posal to the pub­lic later this year. A de­ci­sion would only be made af­ter an ex­ten­sive pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion process.

Hamil­ton has al­ready re­solved to form a shared waters man­age­ment com­pany with Waipa and Waikato, pend­ing pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion. Waikato District Coun­cil has yet to come to a po­si­tion but has favoured an as­set-own­ing model as orig­i­nally rec­om­mended to all three coun­cils.

If it is to pro­ceed, form­ing a water com­pany is likely to be taken to the pub­lic for com­ment via a for­mal con­sul­ta­tion process later in the year.

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