Three Waters

The Water Services Entities Bill, the first of two Bills giving effect to the Government’s water services proposals, has been introduced to Parliament in the face of strong opposition from across the country.The unpopular and controversial project began with the catastrophic failure of a Havelock North wellhead in 2016 which resulted in the death of…

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Miracle needed for three waters

It is written that a gifted young man in a land far away and long ago could walk on water. The Government might need a similar miracle with their controversial Three Waters restructure project.
The unpopular and controversial project began with the catastrophic failure of a Havelock North wellhead in 2016 which resulted in the death of four people and 5000 people falling seriously ill. A year later a comprehensive report revealed that a significant number of public drinking water systems, managed by district councils, were potentially unsafe through underinvestment in maintenance over many years.

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Water and local body woes

Projected large scale changes in the near future to the way potable water is supplied to homes throughout the country should not have come as a surprise to anyone. Last week the Waipa District Council announced the possibility of spending millions of dollars on water system upgrades, then being forced to hand them over to…

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