Ca­pac­ity to grow af­ter vote

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Welling­ton City Coun­cil has voted to sup­port the ex­pan­sion of coun­cil-owned water in­fra­struc­ture com­pany Ca­pac­ity to in­clude the share­hold­ing mem­ber­ship of Porirua and Up­per Hutt cities.

The coun­cil has voted in favour of a pro­posal to en­able Porirua and Up­per Hutt to join Ca­pac­ity, which is presently owned by Hutt and Welling­ton cities.

Both Hutt and Up­per Hutt city coun­cils have re­cently voted in favour of the pro­posal. It is still to be con­sid­ered by Porirua City.

Ca­pac­ity presently man­ages the water sup­ply, stormwa­ter and wastew­a­ter net­works for Welling­ton, Hutt City and Up­per Hutt.

Welling­ton’s deputy mayor Ian Mckin­non moved the pro­posal at the coun­cil meet­ing on April 26. He said the ex­pan­sion of Ca­pac­ity would ben­e­fit the re­gion.

‘‘ Our water, stormwa­ter and wastew­a­ter flows through net­works that cross our lo­cal po­lit­i­cal boundaries. Hav­ing con­sis­tency in the man­age­ment of that net­work through all lo­cal coun­cils would be a sound po­si­tion for the re­gion.’’

WCC ‘‘ Three Wa­ters’’ and Waste port­fo­lio leader Ngaire Best said Ca­pac­ity had al­ready im­proved ser­vices and in­fra­struc­ture plan­ning in Welling­ton and the Hutt Val­ley since its es­tab­lish­ment in 2003.

‘‘Ca­pac­ity has ob­vi­ously en­cour­aged sav­ings through econ­omy of scale but it has also im­proved ser­vice through shar­ing net­work and in­dus­try knowl­edge and ex­per­tise, bet­ter long- term plan­ning and im­proved emer­gency plan­ning.

‘‘It is also suc­cess­fully run­ning a com­pre­hen­sive leak-de­tec­tion and re­pair strat­egy which is help­ing to cut water use and wastage sig­nif­i­cantly in Welling­ton and the Hutt Val­ley.’’

Porirua City Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Gary Simp­son said the pro­posal would not be con­sid­ered un­til July.

Welling­ton and Hutt city coun­cils es­tab­lished Ca­pac­ity af­ter an amal­ga­ma­tion of their water and drainage units in 2003. Up­per Hutt be­came a client of Ca­pac­ity’s water sup­ply, wastew­a­ter and stormwa­ter man­age­ment ser­vices in 2008.

Chop­per deal: West­pac cus­tomer ser­vice rep­re­sen­ta­tives Ge­orge Til­s­ley and Chris Mar­shall with some of the fast-sell­ing bis­cuits do­nated by Pak ’n Save for the Chop­per Ap­peal.

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