No plans for wa­ter me­ters

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

De­spite sug­ges­tions to the con­trary, wa­ter me­ters are not on the cards for Porirua, a coun­cil man­ager has promised.

Since Porirua City Coun­cil joined Ca­pac­ity in Au­gust, many res­i­dents have had their wa­ter con­nec­tions up­graded.

Pa­pakowhai res­i­dent Bill Cox was told by a con­trac­tor that the new con­nec­tions were wa­ter me­ter-ready and it was only a mat­ter of time be­fore Porirua be­came me­tered.

Wa­ter me­ters have been a hugely con­tro­ver­sial and di­vi­sive is­sue for Kapiti Coast Dis­trict Coun­cil.

But there was no plan to me­ter res­i­dents’ wa­ter, said Peter Bai­ley, the coun­cil’s gen­eral man­ager of as­set man­age­ment and op­er­a­tions.

The new con­nec­tions were sim­ply an up­grade, and would help mon­i­tor and con­tain leaks in the wa­ter net­work, Mr Bai­ley said.

The up­graded con­nec­tions also en­sured con­tam­i­nated house­hold wa­ter was not sucked back into the net­work if a pipe burst some­where.

The new con­nec­tions were not nec­es­sar­ily eas­ily com­pat­i­ble with wa­ter me­ters, Mr Bai­ley said.

It was im­por­tant to re­mem­ber wa­ter was not free now – it was very ex­pen­sive to pro­cure and treat drink­able wa­ter, a cost borne through rates.

He said wa­ter me­ters would al­most cer­tainly save money for some house­holds, and would stop the cur­rent sys­tem, in which wa­ter- in­ten­sive gar­dens were be­ing sub­sidised by other ratepay­ers.

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