We have to use less water so there’s enough left in our rivers to keep them healthy as our population grows. They’re proven to cut use where they are installed.
All properties need to be metered so everyone can track how much they’re using. The meters would also indicate if there’s a leak or a backflow problem that needs fixing.
Eventually every home will be charged for the amount of water they use rather than the flat yearly charge they pay now. Households would be given time to track and cut their water use before metered charging begins.
That would depend entirely on how much they use. The average user would likely pay about the same as now.
No, we’d have a standard charge per unit used across the district.
We already have plans to help people who genuinely struggle with these sort of costs and we’re looking at ways we can boost them.
We don’t charge for the water itself, we only cover the cost of treating it to make it safe to drink and paying for the pipes in the ground to deliver it to your homes.
No it is against the law to cut off water supplies for this reason. We’d work with anyone who was in difficulty to arrange a payment plan.
Yes, they should be able to ask the tenants to pay for what they use, much like electricity and gas bills.
Properties with swimming pools must already be on a water meter, as required under our bylaw.
No, NPDC would cover the cost.
We’re looking at about $18 million to put a water meter in every home. Savings would come from delaying other high-cost infrastructure projects due to lower demand.
Yes, but we’re still in the top-third of New Zealand cities for water use, and many European countries have a daily average use that is half of ours. Kiwi cities with some of the lowest daily averages also have water meters.
We’ve recently added two new reservoirs, but we all pay for these and they cost money to maintain too. We can’t keep on building reservoirs if we don’t look at how much we use and do more to save water.
We are, but the Resource Management Act aims to stop overconsumption of natural resources like water. If we applied for a consent to take water from a new source, we'd be more likely to
succeed if we showed we are good managers of the water we’re already using.
This work is always ongoing.
We reckon about two years.
Yes but if we start to save water, the restrictions may be reviewed.
Pool owners should already be on a meter so they’ll be paying for the water they use but we do ask them to consider whether they need to fill their pools.
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