Councillors agreed Kāpiti Coast District Council will participate in the initial stage of the programme. This gives us a seat at the table, together with Government and regional partners, to explore the local impacts of the Three Waters Services proposal.
For our participation, we've been granted $6.2 million to strengthen water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure and services across the district. This needs to be spent by March 2022.
In June 2021, 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.
Council welcomed the release of the reports, which provide evidence at a national scale of the challenges for the three waters reform.
Council continues to support the intent of the reforms, and a data and evidence-driven approach to solutions. Water service delivery is complex, however, and engagement needs to be broad for these proposals.
Kāpiti has done a lot of work in planning and investing in our three water services, and we’re well positioned for the future. Accessing adequate funding, and constrained operating environments continue to be the problem.
Councils have been advised they can expect to receive localised analysis by mid-year.
Any decision to participate further in the Three Waters Services Reform programme will be subject to a Council decision. Working with our community is important to us, and we will not make significant decisions about our water, wastewater and stormwater assets and the provision of these services without talking to our community.
- 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)