What it will mean for Kāpiti
The Three Waters Reform Programme will significantly change the way critical water infrastructure and services are delivered in our district.
On the Kāpiti Coast, we have invested heavily in our water management, security and infrastructure on behalf of, and for the benefit of, our community and the environment. Find out how our water supply works in Kāpiti.
Our water-related assets together have a value of $579 million.
Because of this investment, we are well-positioned for the future. A recently released Auditor-General’s report, Managing the supply of and demand for drinking water, shows that the Kāpiti Coast District Council is setting a good example in our future-focused approach to supplying drinking water.
The establishment of four publicly-owned water service entities will effectively remove our responsibility for maintaining critical waters infrastructure and services. Control over these assets and services will be transferred to entity C.
Currently, local residents pay for three waters via their rates. Most properties in the Kāpiti District have water meters, and are charged for the water they use. Water rates help pay for water collection and treatment facilities, our water supply network (eg, fixing, upgrading and replacing pipes) and water conservation measures. Ratepayers will continue to pay for the delivery of these services under the proposed new model.
Individual councils will have very limited ability to control how much new water entities will charge for water services. No detailed pricing information is yet available.
As further taxpayer funding has not been committed, is likely that Kāpiti residents will subsidise future investment in other districts where there is an infrastructure deficit.