Wa­ter re­stric­tions proof of fail­ure

Waipa Post - - News - HAY­DEN WOODS (Abridged)

Sum­mer is here and wa­ter re­stric­tions are in force for some of us.

Some­thing is ob­vi­ously wrong, ei­ther coun­cil staff have not looked out the win­dow to see all the rain we have had or they for­got to leave the plug in the reser­voir.

In short there should be no wa­ter re­stric­tions since coun­cil have in­stalled wa­ter me­ters and in­tro­duced a ‘user pays sys­tem’.

If wa­ter re­stric­tions are en­forced it is due to coun­cil’s fail­ure.

Yet coun­cil will threaten those who are will­ing to pay for the ex­tra wa­ter use, in­stead it should be coun­cil who are held ac­count­able for fail­ure to do the fol­low­ing;

To en­sure that there is suf­fi­cient con­sented wa­ter sup­ply to cope for de­mand;

Fu­ture proofed wa­ter sup­ply in­fras­truc­ture;

Com­pe­tent lead­er­ship to have fore­seen and reme­died these is­sues;

To tell the ratepay­ers the truth.

If wa­ter re­stric­tions come into play it is coun­cil wa­ter staff and the CEO who should be held ac­count­able for a de­ba­cle they them­selves have cre­ated.

A de­ba­cle that in 2013 was go­ing to cost ratepay­ers $100 mil­lion to fix and has now spi­ralled out of con­trol, ex­clud­ing the rate take over the 20 year pe­riod that staff have known about this is­sue with very lit­tle to show for it.

Ratepay­ers are en­ti­tled to use as much wa­ter as they like since they are now pay­ing for it and should not be pe­nalised by coun­cil’s lack of ex­per­tise and lead­er­ship.

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