Water Meters

Looking further ahead

Part of planning ahead for the future is recognising that we can’t do everything at once – it isn’t practical or affordable. So here are a few of the other key projects that we’re planning in years 4-10 of the ten year plan. As these ones are several years out, we don’t have a lot of detail on them just yet, and the community will get another chance to give feedback/input into these projects closer to the time.

There is a lot of uncertainty around how water services will be managed in future - but if it does remain our responsibility, we anticipate we will need to install water meters. Water is a precious resource, and in recent years we have seen tighter controls on how much we can take and treat. Making people pay for their actual consumption is a proven way to reduce water consumption, usually reducing total demand by up to 20%. Reducing water consumption/demand for treated water also helps with leak detection/loss reduction and delay the need to do expensive upgrades to increase capacity. If we do go ahead with this, it would be from year 4 of this plan (2027/28).

$4.1 million for 2027/28 and $3.4 million for 2028/29


Standard of service this would provide:

No change to water services.

Impact on debt:

$7.4 million increase by 2028/29.

Average additional operating cost per year:

$1.2m following completion of the project, (but not including potential cost savings from reduced consumption).

Average additional cost per property per year:

$107.11 more per year (following completion of the project).

What else we're looking further ahead to


Swim Zone Morrinsville

One of the most common requests we hear from the Morrinsville community is to upgrade the pool and have it open all year round.



Long Term Plan interactive tool

In this Long Term Plan Council has chosen to focus on affordability - which has meant some tough decisions on which projects to include, and where we should cut back. This website highlights some of the big changes compared to our last Long Term Plan. Keen for more detail? Check out our interactive tool for a more detailed view of what projects we're proposing to keep and what projects we are proposing to remove from the draft Long Term Plan.

+ Check out LTP interactive tool