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If you’re connected to Council’s treated water supply system, your most recent water invoice may have shown an increase in the cost for your first cubic meter of water.
As part of our Long Term Plan 2021-2031, and following public consultation, Council decided to equalize the costs of supplying water across its five networks. The reasoning behind this decision was to allow for a more equitable share of the costs and benefits for all those connected around the District by reducing the variation in first cubic meters, and per meter rates. A ratepayer connected to the water supply in Dargaville now pays the same supply cost as a ratepayer connected to the water supply in Maungatūroto.
The first invoice you receive contains the cost for your first cubic metre of water. This cost is usually higher than any subsequent water supply charge, as it covers much of the significant infrastructure works associated with transporting the water from its source to your home. This includes the water treatment, in line with the Government’s Drinking-water Standards for New Zealand.
In the last year alone we spent more than $1.2 million on much-needed water supply upgrades. The money we collect from our water rates goes directly back into the network, to keep it running and supplying those who use the service with high quality drinking water.
We’ve also received $1.02 million of government funding to spend on upgrades, in the last year, directly benefitting people on those water networks without any additional cost to those on our water supplies.
Everyone paying the same first cubic meter (which covers the treatment plants and overhead costs) and paying a uniform supply amount evens out the cost of maintaining the service for all those connected to the network. It means the cost of increasing the capacity or reliability of the schemes is shared by everyone on a Council water scheme and reduces the significant burden of maintenance to those on smaller schemes.
If you’re having difficulty meeting the cost of your water rates, talk to our friendly revenue team about developing a payment plan.
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- February 04, 2022
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Letter from KDC to Hon Nanaia Mahuta
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Ngā mihi mō au korero whakahoki!
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