Proposed changes for Christchurch Water and Waste
Proposed changes for Council City Water and Waste Unit
Christchurch City Council staff in the City Water and Waste (CWW) Unit, which runs the city’s drinking water reticulation and sewerage systems, were told yesterday of proposals to change the way the unit runs and delivers its services.
Staff at the Pump and Control Station in Colombo Street, the Christchurch Wastewater Treatment Plant, and Civic Offices have been given an opportunity to give their opinions about the proposed changes. Unit Manager Mark Christison will use their feedback to help prepare a final recommendation for the Council’s Executive Team to consider when deciding whether to adopt the proposal.
The proposal, if implemented, would involve closing the Colombo Street Pump and Control room and centralising staff at the Christchurch Wastewater Treatment Plant control room, which would be revamped to allow for the extra personnel. Technology upgrades at the treatment plant would allow remote monitoring and control of the water and wastewater networks from the treatment plant.
Together, these changes would save the City Council about $268,000 annually. An initial one-off cost of $461,000 for making the changes would be recouped in about 19 months as a result of the savings.
The proposal includes creating nine new positions (five at the Civic Offices in Tuam Street and four at the Treatment Plant) and the disestablishment of 20 positions across the Unit (one at the Civic Offices, seven at the Colombo Street Pump and Control Station, and 12 at the Treatment Plant). All other positions in the Unit would be reconfirmed and remain largely unchanged. There would, however, be some changes to reporting lines and position names. Some staff would also be shifted into new teams.
Before being publicly advertised, some of the new positions would be made available first to staff members most affected by the proposal. Council support services are ready to help staff , particularly those who may be unsuccessful in reapplying or seeking employment elsewhere in the organisation. Redundancies may result in such cases.