Getting the waterworks flowing

By: Blogger

Straight from city council
A personal view,
by Councillor Steve Morris

Tauranga residents are pretty patient when it comes to the growing pains our city is experiencing. We can cope with roadworks and construction noise as the ‘price of progress’ but one thing I quickly learned upon becoming a councillor is that people have zero tolerance for any disruption to their water supply and rightly so.

Water metering ensures we are quite conservative with our use compared to other councils but despite this our residents and businesses used a whopping 14 million tonnes of water last year – that’s the weight of more than 24,000 fully fuelled and loaded Airbus A380s. The system is reaching capacity, and we are close to having water restrictions if next summer is a dry one.

Not only do restrictions inconvenience residents who could be facing reduced water pressure from 2021 but they restrict economic development; without the capacity, major water-using businesses simply won’t locate here. That’s why we’re investing more than $110m over the next four years in a third water plant, new reservoir and pipeline back to the city from the crystal clear Waiari Stream just outside Te Puke.