Media releases

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Hamilton, Waikato and Waipa are now all on Water Alert Level 1

01 December 2017

The move to Water Alert Level 1 was triggered by a significant increase in water consumption across the region. Water Alert Level 1 means using a sprinkler between 6am to 8am and 6pm to 8pm or hand-held hosing at any time.

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Council improves assessment of wastewater pipes

06 September 2017

Waikato District Council’s knowledge of the state of its wastewater pipe network has been vastly improved following the first six months of its Wastewater Overflow Continual Improvement Programme. About 45km of wastewater pipes have been cleaned and inspected via Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) camera in Raglan, Huntly, Ngaruawahia, Meremere and Te Kauwhata.

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Another Waikato water option in wings

12 June 2017

Waikato District Council is holding informal discussions with Watercare Services Ltd and Waikato Tainui on potentially forming a company to improve water and wastewater services for the district.

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'Get on with it': Mayor

13 April 2017

Waikato District Mayor Allan Sanson says the “doors remain open” for further discussion with Waipa District and Hamilton City Councils about the future of water services. But after years of talking he wants all three Councils to “get on with it” and reach a firm conclusion about the best way to manage water, wastewater and storm water.

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Council decides to consult on its Annual Plan

29 March 2017

Waikato District Council has decided to consult with 11,000 of its ratepayers who pay for wastewater services in order to undertake a programme of works to mitigate the risk of wastewater overflows.

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Waikato District Council confirms commitment to Waters CCO proposal

05 December 2016

Today Waikato District Council confirmed its commitment to a ratepayer-owned, council controlled organisation (CCO) to manage water and wastewater on behalf of the Hamilton City, Waikato and Waipa District Councils.

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Council to consider big wastewater spend

30 November 2016

Waikato District Council will consider spending a further $1.757 million to address urgent concern around wastewater spills.
But staff and independent experts say that may be just the start of a long-term multi-million dollar programme needed to address issues with the district’s network.

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Water CCO back on agenda

30 November 2016

A proposal to form a water company to manage water and wastewater is back on the agenda. At next Monday’s Council meeting (December 5) Waikato District Council elected members will be asked to reaffirm the council’s support for a ratepayer-owned council controlled organisation (CCO) to manage water and waste water on behalf of Waikato, Waipa District and Hamilton City Councils.

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Councils agree water shake-up, but…

27 June 2016

Three Waikato councils have reached potential agreement on a major shake-up of water services across the Waikato – but won’t push the go button until the public have their say. Hamilton City, Waipa and Waikato District Councils have unveiled a possible agreement to form a ratepayer-owned water company. The tentative agreement, negotiated by nine councillors (three from each council) will be publicly discussed by Waikato District Council on Wednesday (June 29). The other two councils meet in July.

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Waikato District Council supports re-establishment of waters governance group

09 November 2015

Waikato District Council has voted in favour of re-establishing a Governance Group to continue discussions around a Council Controlled Organisation which would manage the district’s water in future.

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Water management recommendation confirmed by Waikato District Council

30 June 2015

MEDIA ADVISORY: Waikato District Council today confirmed its preference for water management in the district voting in principle for the  establishment of a Council Controlled Organisation (CCO) with Waipa District and Hamilton City Councils.

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Council signals support for water CCO

16 June 2015

Waikato District Council wants to form a ratepayer-owned council-control organisation (CCO) for future water management along with Waipa District and Hamilton City Councils.

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Waikato District Council will indicate preferred option for district’s future water management

11 June 2015

Next week’s Extraordinary Infrastructure Committee meeting will be the first opportunity for Waikato District Council to indicate which option it prefers for the district’s future water management.

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Councillors need time to review all water options presented - Mayor Allan Sanson

11 May 2015

Waikato District Council Mayor Allan Sanson says any decision on management of the district’s future water supply is at least 10 to 12 weeks away.

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Council approves consolidation as fourth option in sub-regional water study

17 February 2015

Waikato District Council will include consolidation with Watercare as a fourth option to be analysed in the sub-regional joint water study which is currently underway. Last October, Council voted in favour of a joint study with Waipa District and Hamilton City Councils around the future management of water and wastewater services with three options considered. Waikato District Council also resolved to include a fourth option , investigating the possibility of expanding a current agreement with Auckland Council’s CCO Watercare Services Ltd. The cost of this review is an additional $55,000.

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50% subsidy available for Pokeno wastewater system

19 December 2014

Pokeno residents connecting their properties to the new wastewater system will receive a 50% subsidy from Council. Strategy and Support General Manager, Tony Whittaker says initial discussions with residents indicated they were interested in connecting to the new system but not one lump sum payment for the connection. He says Council has considered those concerns and agreed to provide payment options.

 

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Waikato District Council agrees to part-fund water study

28 October 2014

Waikato District Council has voted in favour of a joint study with Waipa District and Hamilton City Councils around the future management of water and wastewater services. However, Hamilton City still needs to agree to fund half the bill. The study will investigate three options; boosting the existing shared service arrangements between all three councils, retaining the status quo with each council running its own operations, or considering a ratepayer-owned and council-controlled water management company (CCO). 

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Waters CCO report at Monday’s Council meeting

24 July 2014

Waikato District Council will be the third and final council to decide whether or not to proceed with a business case around the future management of water and wastewater services. In April the Waikato Mayoral Forum commissioned an independent report which recommended that a detailed business case and analysis be carried out to determine the value of establishing a Council Controlled Organisation (CCO) to operate water and wastewater services across the sub region.

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Waikato District Council supports business case for water CCO

24 July 2014

Waikato District Council has given its support to proceed with a business case around the future management of water and wastewater services. In April, the Waikato Mayoral Forum commissioned an independent report which recommended a detailed business case and analysis be carried out to establish the value of a Council Controlled Organisation to operate water and wastewater services across the sub region. 

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