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Demand best water first Manukau and Auckland City

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CITIZENS OF MANUKAU AND AUCKLAND CITY YOUR PARTICIPATION IS REQUIRED

SAY NO TO WAIKATO WATER

IT'S NOT TOO LATE

Waitakere, North Shore, Rodney and Papakura Councils have demanded a best water first policy for their residents (using Waikato water only in emergencies). Demand the same from your Council.

ATTEND MANUKAU AND AUCKLAND CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS 5PM THUR 27TH JUNE.

NUMBERS DO COUNT. HAVE YOUR SAY.

Aucklanders deserve the highest quality raw source for our drinking water. Waikato water is not it.

New Zealand health standards only measure the tip of the contaminants iceberg.

No "long term risk assessment" has been carried out on the Waikato source.

(Quote, letter from Watercare 24/6/02 see attachment)

"In relation to your request at paragraph (b), Watercare is currently in the process of completing a Public Health Risk Management Plan in respect of the Waikato treatment plant."

How can MOH officials give the thumbs up when this important analysis has not occurred?

They told us that Agent Orange and blue asbestos had no adverse affects on our health.

Manukau and Auckland Councillors must take this into consideration or stand condemned for playing Russian roulette with our communities health.

ARE WE BEING CONNED?

Watercare Ltd is a business who is placing commercial interests before our health.

In building the Waikato pipeline they were seeking to boost their asset balance sheet.

Will this investment make Watercare more attractive to multi national water companies seeking to profit from our water services?

We have never needed the Waikato pipeline

DEMAND THAT WAIKATO WATER IS NOW ONLY USED AS AN

EMERGENCY SOURCE.

THIS IS THE ONLY SURE WAY OF MINIMISING THE HEALTH RISK AND TRULY REFLECTING THE MOH'S OWN STANDARDS.

You can help in the following ways

-ATTEND COUNCIL MEETING 5PM THURSDAY 27TH JUNE

-PHONE YOUR COUNCILLORS

-DON'T PAY YOUR NEXT WATER-BILL

-SUPPORT/TAKEOUT AN INJUNCTION

-DEMAND THAT ATTORNEY GENERAL MARGARET WILSON TAKE OUT AN INJUCTION TO STOP THE USE OF WAIKATO WATER FOR PUBLIC CONSUMPTION.

-DEMAND THAT PM HELEN CLARK AND JUDITH TIZARD MINISTERS FOR AUCKLAND REFLECT THE PUBLIC WILL ON THIS ISSUE.

WHAT DO THE EXPERTS SAY

"Water treatment filtration systems can be guaranteed only to filter out a proportion of what is in the raw water. No filtration system is 100 per cent perfect. As chairman of the North Shore City Council works and environment committee, which has a monopoly on buying and selling water to those living in this city, it would be a dereliction of my duty not to require best water first". (Dr Joel Cayford)

"I can find no indication in the documents that I have reviewed that a comprehensive human health risk assessment has been attempted in order to evaluate the level of short and longer term risk associated with adoption of the Waikato River source. Without such rigorously assembled information - particularly given the Ministry pathogen occurrence data - effective decision making, that includes community health concerns and aspirations, cannot, in my opinion, proceed at a level other than guess work. I strongly urge that a comprehensive risk assessment be completed before the water take or treatment process is finalized." This has still not occurred. (Gillian Lewis, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Microbiology and Environmental Science in the School of Biological Sciences and the School of Environmental and Marine Sciences, Auckland University).

WATERCARE DOESN'T CARE

GET ANGRY, GET ACTIVE


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WaterCare 25 June 2002

Request For Information Under The Official Information Act


We acknowledge receipt of your request for information dated 6 June 2002. As you are aware, Watercare is subject to the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 ("Act").

The Act provides that Watercare may charge for the supply of official information, provided that any such charge shall be reasonable, having regard to the cost involved in making the information available, as well as any costs incurred pursuant to a request to make the information available urgently. We note that you have asked us to treat your request as urgent. The Act also enables Watercare to require that any charge be paid in advance.

Below we set out our answers to your questions. Where it is not possible to answer a request without incurring significant cost, we have stated that cost, and we ask that you provide us with payment in advance.

For ease of reference, we adopt the question numbering from your e-mail of 6 June 2002:


1. The information requested under your paragraphs (a), (c), and (d) is not currently held by Watercare. In accordance with the requirements of the Act, we will provide a copy of your e-mail to:

(a) Environment Waikato in relation to your request at paragraph

(b) Metrowater, Manukau Water, EcoWater, North Shore City Water Services Division, Rodney District Water Services Unit and United Water International in relation to your request at paragraph (c);

(c) Auckland City Council, Manukau City Council, Waitakere City Council, North Shore City Council, Rodney District Council and Papakura District Council in relation to your request at paragraph (d).

In relation to your request at paragraph (b), Watercare commissioned a catchment review in December 2001. We are able to provide you with a copy of this review. We ask that you provide us with payment of $20 in advance for the copying costs involved in providing this to you.

2. The information requested under your paragraphs (a), (c), and (d) is not currently held by Watercare. In accordance with the requirements of the Act, we will provide a copy of your e-mail to:

(a) Environment Waikato in relation to your request at paragraph (a);

(b) Metrowater, Manukau Water, EcoWater, North Shore City Water Services Division, Rodney District Water Services Unit and United Water International in relation to your request at paragraph (c);

(c) Auckland City Council, Manukau City Council, Waitakere City Council, North Shore City Council, Rodney District Council and Papakura District Council in relation to your request at paragraph (d).

In relation to your request at paragraph (b), Watercare is currently in the process of completing a Public Health Risk Management Plan in respect of the Waikato treatment plant.

3. The information requested is not held by Watercare, and cannot be made available without substantial research. Watercare has tested for all determinands in DWSNZ 2000 required of it by the Medical Officer of Health during a recently conducted treatment plant proving test. All determinands tested for were within acceptable values.

4. Watercare is not able to provide the estimate requested, as it is not in possession of the necessary information on which it could accurately make such an estimate. It is normal practice to test water supplies for those chemicals that are considered to be present at concentrations that may affect public health over a lifetime of consumption. These are identified in DW5NZ 2000. Watercare has no information on other synthetic chemicals.

5. Watercare has no such information. Health authorities and the organisations responsible for the establishing and monitoring of standards, such as the World Health Organisation, utilise a number of specialists covering a wide range of scientific disciplines to protect public health. The information those bodies collect is then used to set New Zealand's drinking water standards, DWSNZ 2000. Watercare provides drinking water that complies with DWSNZ 2000.

6. Watercare has no such information. We will transfer your request to the Ministry of Health who may be in a better position to respond to your request.

7. This information is not held by Watercare. We will transfer your request to the Ministry of Health, which is responsible for compiling New Zealand's drinking water standards.

8. Watercare has kept the local authorities appraised of the costs and benefits of the Waikato pipeline since before the project was originally approved by the Board of Watercare in 1996. Since that time there has been a significant volume of correspondence between Watercare and the local authorities and local network operators in respect of the pipeline. We estimate it will cost at least $1,444 (20 labour hours at $76/hour (first hour is not charged for)) in staff time alone to search for, collate and then copy all correspondence which refers to the costs of the project. Please provide us with payment in advance for this amount to cover our costs of responding to your request. Please note that the objective of getting a return on equity has never been a requirement of the Waikato pipeline project.

9. Your request is for information which is not immediately available to Watercare. We would assume this information would be available from the Health Act 1956 which is publicly available.

10, This is not information which is currently held by Watercare. It should be a matter on which you can obtain your own legal advice.

11. Watercare's customers are the local authorities with which it contracts. The thousands of customers' to which you refer are in fact the customers of the local authorities. We suggest you direct this question to them for a response.

12. Watercare has considered the risks of providing polluted water from the Waikato pipeline. In response, we have put in place a comprehensive risk management process which ensures that the design and operation of the plant along with all other aspects of the system work together to eliminate these risks.

13. Please provide us with more detail as to the nature of this information request. Particularly, what is meant by the phrase "signing off'? There has also been a significant amount of correspondence between Auckland City Council, Metrowater and Watercare in respect of the bulk water contract for Auckland City. Please provide us with more detail as to what correspondence in particular you request.

14. The bulk water contract for Auckland City, to be entered into with Metrowater,is expected to be signed shortly.

15. At this stage it is not known who will be the signatories to the bulk water contract with Metrowater.

16. Watercare will not provide a copy of the bulk water contract with Metrowater until similar contracts have been entered into with the other local network operators. The reason for this refusal is that the provision of the Metrowater contract at this stage would prejudiceor disadvantage ongoing negotiations with the other local network operators in respect of their bulk water contracts.

It is also a requirement of the Act that we inform you of your right to seek an investigation and review by the Ombudsmen of any decision by Watercare to refuse to provide you with information you have requested. Any such request to the Ombudsmen must be made in writing.

Yours sincerely

Peter Doogue
Company Secretary

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