What Capacity will mean
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.