Water worries come to surface
I have read with interest the letters about ratepayers not watering the council verges. This is of course a silent protest at the council’s handling of the water issues. I have always been proud of the tidy gardens and verges in Alexandra and would like to support the writers protesting against council charges. Furthermore, I would like to question weather the council is representing the best interests of the ratepayers or are they following blindly instructions from Local Government New Zealand? I believe that the plan is to meter the water, as they have done, then bring in water standards, then privatise the water supply, and then sell it off to the highest bidder where a huge profit will be made, similar to what has happened to our power!
Stu Millis, Alexandra
I had hoped to stay out of this debate for a while but I cannot let Mr Millis away with promoting his typically outlandish theories. Your council has no plans to sell off the district’s water schemes and we are constantly pushing back against needless Government standards that threaten to cost ratepayers more money. Local Government New Zealand has no say over what we do in Central Otago, there is no ‘‘conspiracy theory’’, it’s all about being fair to all ratepayers. Remember, under the new charging system the majority of ratepayers will be paying less for water this year than last year, so what is unfair about that?
Mayor Tony Lepper The Local Government Act 2002 Section 130(3)(c) states, ‘‘A local government organisation must . . . not lose control of, sell, or otherwise dispose of, the significant infrastructure necessary for providing water services.’’ The Resource Management Act 1991 and related regional policy statements mandate local government to manage limited natural resources in a sustainable manner. Water demand management strategies seek to preserve the natural resource and meet the council’s responsibility with regard to the efficient use of public funds. Through education and water metering, the council is seeking to delay impending significant capital expenditure required to meet drinking water standards and provide for what has historically been an ever increasing demand for water. CODC infrastructure services
manager Jon Kingsford