Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Water Metering Under Consideration to Manage Demand

Water Metering Under Consideration to Manage Demand


Water meters could be the solution to expanding demand for reticulated treated water in the Queenstown Lakes District.

A report recommending further investigations will be on the agenda for the Council meeting on 27 March, as QLDC looks for ways to reduce demand and so defer the need for costly extensions to its infrastructure.

Progress has been made to improve a leaking network over the last three years; however, the district continues to use far more than the national norm of 200 litres per person per day.

Chief Executive Adam Feeley said if the Council could find ways to reduce demand and manage the supply better, it could save ratepayers around $10 million in the next 10-15 years by delaying the need to expand the water network.

Other Councils which have introduced water metering have seen a significant reduction in demand both for normal daily consumption and peak demand, including Tauranga and Nelson.

If the Council decides to explore water metering in more detail, it will include a specific proposal for community consultation in next year’s 10-year plan. If the community endorses the idea, water meters could be installed in every home and commercial building receiving reticulated water within five years. Irrigators are already partiallymetered.

Mr Feeley said that while water metering wouldn’t increase revenue for the Council, it would enable the costs of supplying and managing treated water to be more fairly allocated among users, as the current targeted rating system is a relatively blunt instrument. It would also provide a basis for introducing a user-pays charging regime if the Council wanted to do so in the future.

Ratepayers will also need to understand the initial cost of installing meters and the ongoing operational costs of monitoring and billing. “There is a cost but the true efficiency is in demand management,” Mr Feeley said.

Principles underpinning any water metering regime would include financial sustainability, environmental responsibility, efficient management, cost recovery and the need to include complementary measures to manage water demand.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Half Empty: Dairy Prices Drop To Lowest Since August 2009

Dairy product prices fell to the lowest level in more than five years in the latest GlobalDairyTrade auction, led by declines in butter milk powder and whole milk powder.

”Stocks of dairy commodities are building across the globe due to Russia’s current ban on importing dairy products from many Western nations, and a lack of urgency from Chinese buyers, while at the same time global milk supplies are expanding,” AgriHQ dairy analyst Susan Kilsby said in a note. More>>

 

Slippage: NZ Universities Still In Top 3% Globally

This year the University of Auckland ranked 175 (down from 164 last year); the University of Otago ranked 251-275th (down from 226-250), both Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Canterbury held their ranks (at 276-300thand 301-350 respectively), while the University of Waikato dropped from 301-350 to 351-400. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On The Last Rites For The TPP

The Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal is one of those litmus issues that has always had more to do with one’s place on the political spectrum than with any imminent reality... For the TPP’s friends and foes alike though, the end now seems nigh. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Farcical Elevation Of David Seymour

With the election won, it’s time to find jobs for the boy. David Seymour is the Act Party’s latest scrounger to be rewarded by the National Party, and not only with a seat in Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

As Key Mulls Joining ISIS Fighting: McCully Speech To UN Backs Security Council Bid

It is an honour to address you today on behalf of the Prime Minister and Government of New Zealand. Our General Election took place last week - our Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key is engaged in forming a government and that is why he is unable to be here in New York... More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Cunliffe Triggers Party Wide Leadership Contest

David Cunliffe has resigned as Labour Leader, but says he will seek re-election... If there is any contest the election will have to go through a process involving the party membership and union affiliates. More>>

ALSO:

Flyover Appeal: Progress And Certainty, Or Confusion And More Delays?

Lindsay Shelton: The Transport Agency, embarrassed by the rejection of its flyover alongside the Basin Reserve, says it’s appealing because the decision could “constrain progress.” Yet for most clear-sighted Wellingtonians a 300-metre-long concrete structure above Kent and Cambridge Terraces would in no way be seen as progress… More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Cunliffe’s Last Stand

Right now, embattled Labour leader David Cunliffe has three options. None of them are particularly attractive for him personally, or for the Labour Party... More>>

ALSO:

Key Seeking 'New Ideas': Look To Children’s Commissioner On Poverty - Greens

John Key should not reinvent the wheel when it comes to ideas for tackling child poverty, and instead look to the recommendations of the Children’s Commissioner’s Expert Group on Child Poverty, Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei says. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news