What we're unsure of


Waitoa Water Supply

Due to central government changes, Fonterra have decided that they cannot continue to be the water supplier for the village of Waitoa. Taumata Arowai (the new water regulator) requires Council to help come up with a solution, so we have been working alongside Fonterra and the residents of Waitoa for the last few years to investigate potential options for around 120-150 residential properties in this settlement.

At the time of writing this Consultation Document we are still working on the options and the financial impacts. Once we have this information the residents of Waitoa will have the opportunity to decide whether they wish to be connected to a Council supply. If the community does decide to connect to a Council supply, the town is likely to be connected to the Te Aroha Water Supply via a trunk main that supplies a nearby industry. There would be no need for any additional treatment facilities, and Council already provides water to a number of similar small rural settlements.

Because we are unsure at this stage whether or not Council will need to invest in this water supply, we have not included any funding in the draft budget for the Waitoa water supply. If the residents do choose to connect to a Council supply, we would consult with affected people after the Long term Plan is adopted.


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.

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