Regarding the article ‘Water bid rejected’ I was concerned to read the goal of Capacity which seems to be to set up a CCO (council controlled organisation) for water management for the four metro councils of the Wellington region.
At present Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) does an excellent job of delivering high quality and cost effective bulk water supply through collection, treatment and distribution of drinkable water to city reservoirs which is then distributed to households by Capacity for Hutt, Upper Hutt and Wellington city councils and directly by Porirua City Council.
I believe public accountability of water delivery services must be retained under direct council management – not by a CCO – and I sincerely hope citizens of the Wellington metro region agree.
We do not need to go the way of Auckland where Metro Water charges for water usage separately from council rates. A