Napier City Council, along with 66 other Councils, is currently managing Three Waters services – drinking water, wastewater and stormwater.
Central Government is reviewing how to improve the regulation and supply of these services in New Zealand. To address this, the Government is progressing reforms so that three waters services will be provided by four publicly-owned water service entities from July 2024.
The Three Waters reform programme will significantly change the way critical water infrastructure and services are delivered in Napier.
The reforms, which Government expects to take effect from mid-2024, would see responsibility for Hawke’s Bay’s three waters assets and service delivery transfer to a multi-regional entity responsible for the whole of the East Coast of the North Island, the top of the South Island and the Chatham Islands.
The three waters reforms are said to be the most significant changes facing ratepayers and local communities in the last 30 years. Government says the changes will reduce future costs for ratepayers through economies of scale, will protect the environment and public health, support housing and infrastructure development and deliver services in an efficient and sustainable way.
In 2021, Napier City Council engaged with the community before submitting its response to the Government considering changes to the regulation and delivery of the country’s water services. The results of this consultation and Council’s submission can be found here.
Since this consultation, the reform has undergone a number of changes. However, there is still some uncertainty about how the reforms may shape water service delivery in the future. The Council would like to understand its community’s perspective on these proposed reforms.
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