Chris Turver Waikanae Beach
Share the facts The Government’s Three Waters Reform proposal is premature and poorly explained for ratepayers to latch on to as a potentially more effective management tool. Simplistic, almost childish, advertising has dumbed down a complex subject. It is not a one-size-fits-all solution and will, contentiously, end up with winners-and-losers if the 67 local authorities are forced to be part of it. Ka¯ piti is a classic example of many local authorities that have our own fully ratepayerfunded three water systems which mostly get the job done, and it would hurt to see the hard-won benefits of local ownership lost. But in Ka¯ piti the costs of future-proofing can’t be ignored in the face of inexorable population growth, the impacts of climate change, diminishing summer water supplies from an already stressed Waikanae river, and deferred construction of a dam in the hills. Before any decisions are made, the Ka¯ piti Coast District Council needs to share with us what those costs are going to look like, whether we can afford the rate increases involved, or whether we should look for other costeffective solutions. Only then will the advantages or disadvantages show through against the government’s claim of achieving economies of scale by combining the three water systems of all local authorities.