What Ca­pac­ity will mean

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Two cor­re­spon­dents chal­lenged (Au­gust 20) the coun­cil’s re­cent de­ci­sion to en­gage Ca­pac­ity In­fra­struc­ture Ser­vices Limited to man­age the coun­cil’s wa­ter ser­vices.

Ca­pac­ity is a coun­cil-con­trolled or­gan­i­sa­tion to be owned by the four metropoli­tan coun­cils of the re­gion. Welling­ton City, Hutt City, Up­per Hutt City and Porirua City coun­cils will each be share­hold­ers of the com­pany.

The com­pany will have no pri­vate own­ers. Ca­pac­ity is owned by the peo­ple of the re­gion and each of the share­hold­ing coun­cils re­tains fully its own wa­ter as­sets.

No Porirua City Coun­cil wa­ter as­set will trans­fer out of coun­cil own­er­ship to Ca­pac­ity from the coun­cil tak­ing an in­ter­est in Ca­pac­ity.

The com­pany will man­age the as­set plan­ning, main­te­nance and cap­i­tal pro­gramme for drink­ing wa­ter and waste wa­ter in Porirua City.

The level of in­vest­ment made ev­ery year will re­main a de­ci­sion for Porirua City Coun­cil to take and Ca­pac­ity will de­liver a rec­om­mended pro­gramme to the limit of the an­nual in­vest­ment that the Porirua City Coun­cil is pre­pared to make.

While there may be dif­fer­ent view­points as to whether this is a de­sir­able change, it is es­sen­tial to un­der­stand that this is not pri­vati­sa­tion ei­ther overtly or by stealth.

The pur­pose of our in­volve­ment is to man­age the sus­tain­able longterm de­liv­ery of our wa­ter as­sets and needs.

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