The Government has announced its decision to push ahead with an "all in" approach to the Three Waters Reform. This will see the establishment of four publicly-owned water service entities.
Kāpiti will be part of water service entity C. Our job now is to ensure that our community’s needs continue to be prioritised and met in the face of climate change and unprecedented growth.
In June 2021, the Government released four reports as part of the evidence base to support proposed reforms. They follow the initial analysis from the Water Industry Commission for Scotland (WICS) which was released last December. The reports are part of the evidence base for reform at a national level and don’t speak to implications for individual councils.
These reports include:
- WICS final report – economic analysis of water services aggregation – June 2021[PDF, 1.5MB]
- WICS supporting material Part 1 – required investment - June 2021 [PDF, 1.5MB]
- WICS supporting material Part 2 – scope for efficiency - June 2021[PDF, 3MB]
- WICS supporting material Part 3 – costs and benefits of reform – June 2021 [PDF, 4MB]
- Farrierswier report – Three Waters Reform Programme – Review of WICS methodology and assumptions underpinning economic analysis of aggregation – June 2021 [PDF, 2MB]
- Beca report – DIA Three Waters Reform – WICS Modelling Phase 2 – June 2021 [PDF, 653KB]
- Deloitte report summary – final economic impact & affected industries – June 2021 [PDF, 1MB]
- Deloitte report – Industry Development Study & Economic Impact Assessment – June 2021 [PDF, 4MB]
You can find out more about the background to these reports on the Department of Internal Affairs website.
Following our own analysis of the reports and the modelling that has been used to underpin the four publicly-owned water service entity model, we believe there are other ways to achieve the Government’s aspirations for three waters.
Kāpiti has a good track record of delivering quality drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater outcomes for our community and we want to ensure that our community’s needs continue to be prioritised and met in the face of climate change and unprecedented growth.
In light of the Government's decision on 27 October 2021 to adopt an "all in" approach to the reforms, we remain focussed on advocating for good three water outcomes on behalf of our community.
- “All in” approach to Three Waters reform undermines sector’s voice (27 Oct 2021)
- Opinion: Fair, equitable, local, and affordable – A counter proposal to the proposed Three Waters Reform (5 Oct 2021)
- Opinion: Controlling the flow – other issues to consider with the Three Waters reform (27 Sept 2021)
- Council calls for collaboration on Three Waters Reform proposal (1 Oct 2021)
- Opinion: Leaky analysis – Wayne Maxwell on the proposed Three Waters Reform (20 Sept 2021)
- Opinion: Kāpiti Coast District Council chief executive Wayne Maxwell on the proposed Three Waters Reform (6 Sept 2021)
- Rosy national three water reform picture but devil may be in the detail for individual councils (2 June 2021)
- Kāpiti Coast to participate in initial stage of Three Waters reform (27 August 2020)