GW wa­ter levy rises

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The re­gion’s coun­cils, in­clud­ing Porirua, will be hit with a 3 per cent in­crease to the bulk wa­ter levy. The in­crease was pro­posed in Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil’s Long-Term Plan 2012-22, ap­proved last week. Greater Welling­ton man­ages wa­ter col­lec­tion, treat­ment and sup­ply to the four cities. Coun­cil­lor Nigel Wil­son said im­prove­ments to the sys­tem and re­duc­ing debt has ne­ces­si­tated an in­crease. ‘‘The im­por­tance of a re­silient sys­tem has been re­in­forced by the Can­ter­bury earth­quakes and we now have an ac­cel­er­ated pro­gramme of im­prove­ments. We also know that we have to be ready to pro­vide more wa­ter for the re­gion’s grow­ing pop­u­la­tion. So by rais­ing the levy in small steps to re­duce ex­ist­ing debt, we’ll avoid a big hike in the levy when the time comes to build a new wa­ter source,’’ he said.

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