Media releases

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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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Contract awarded for major water upgrade

06 June 2017

Waipa District Council has awarded a $3.4million contract to upgrade the Cambridge water treatment plant.

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Waipa confirms water position

30 May 2017

Waipa District Council will re-enter discussions with Hamilton City Council about forming a non asset-owning company to provide day-to-day operations for water and wastewater. Council has confirmed a non-asset owning model is its preferred option for collaborating with other councils on driving water efficiencies.

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Waipa to confirm position on water company

25 May 2017

Waipa District Council will decide next week on whether forming a non-asset owning company to manage water and wastewater services is its preferred option. If so, forming a waters company is likely to be taken to the public for comment via a formal consultation process later in the year. 

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‘No promises’ from Waipa

13 April 2017

Waipa Mayor Jim Mylchreest says his council would be willing to discuss a shared waters management company with Hamilton City and Waikato District. But Waipa would “make no promises” and ultimately would do what was in the best interests of its own ratepayers, he said.

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Growth drives major water work

06 April 2017

Work will begin next week on installing major new water infrastructure to help secure Cambridge’s water supply for decades to come.

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Mixed model for water recommended

06 December 2016

Today Waipa District Council unanimously agreed to ask Hamilton City Council and Waikato District Council to consider a staged approach to the creation of a council-controlled organisation (CCO) which would manage water and wastewater on behalf of the three councils. 

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Waipa promotes ‘mixed model’ for water

01 December 2016

Waipa councillors look less likely to support a proposal to transfer Waipa’s water and wastewater assets into a ratepayer-owned company. Instead they may try to convince Hamilton City Council and Waikato District Council to take what they say is a far more “prudent and risk-averse” approach to managing water and wastewater across the three districts.

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Council not giving up on water

29 July 2016

An underground water supply has been found at McNair Park in Te Awamutu, but not enough for the Waipa District Council to justify sinking a production bore.‚Äč

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Community to have say on CCO

05 July 2016

Waipa’s community looks set to formally have a say on whether or not three councils should form a joint company to manage water and wastewater.  

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Meter contract awarded

04 July 2016

Waipa District Council has awarded the contract to roll out water meters across those parts of the district that don’t already have them. Water meters have been at Ohaupo since 1991 and Pirongia since 1997. Most of Waipa’s rural, industrial and commercial users have also had water meters for years.  

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Waipa to discuss water proposal

30 June 2016

Waipa District Council will take its turn next week to discuss its ongoing involvement in a council-controlled organisation (CCO) to manage water infrastructure. Waipa is considering joining with Waikato District and Hamilton City Council to form a joint organisation to manage water and wastewater. 

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Local company on meters job

06 May 2016

Cambridge-based company Waipa Civil has won the contract to install water meters onto properties with manifolds but not meters in Te Awamutu and Cambridge.

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Meters coming, but no bills yet

21 April 2016

Waipa District Council will begin installing water meters in those parts of its district that do not already have them within the next couple of months. But water bills are still years away with the first new bills not rolling out until mid-2018.

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Water company ‘worth pursuing’

01 March 2016

Waipa District Council has formally agreed to consider a ratepayer-owned company to manage its water operations. But the council’s support is still subject to negotiators getting the best deal for Waipa ratepayers plus a full public consultation process.

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Search for water supply continues

03 February 2016

Drilling for a new bore has begun on Taylor’s Hill today as Waipa District Council continue the search for a new water supply for Te Awamutu. The test bore will be sunk by Council  and ground water will be pumped for the next three days. This water will then be tested to establish the amount of water available as well as the water quality.

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Tests confirm water yield

14 January 2016

Test results have confirmed that a new bore in Frontier Road will provide enough water for nearly 1200 Waipa households.
Waipa District Council sunk the bore last year as part of efforts to secure more water for Te Awamutu and surrounding areas, particularly during dry summer months when available water from the Mangauika Stream is limited. 

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Council sources new water supply

16 December 2015

Waipa District Council has taken first steps to secure a new water source for Te Awamutu. Today Council approved spending around $1 million on a new bore on council-owned land at Frontier Road. The approval is subject to final tests with results available in late December

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Water thieves warned to back off

23 November 2015

Private companies that take Waipa water without permission have been warned to stop or face possible prosecution.

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Councillors to scrutinise water issues

30 October 2015

Three Waipa District Councillors look set to join other local politicians from Hamilton and Waikato district  to work through key issues involved in forming a ratepayer-owned company to manage water operations across the region.

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Waipa wants more information on CCO

25 August 2015

Waipa District Council wants more information before it will formally consider supporting a ratepayer-owned company to manage water infrastructure.

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CCO must be in ratepayers’ interests: Mayor

20 August 2015

Waipa mayor Jim Mylchreest says his council will not form a ratepayer-owned company to manage water unless it is “absolutely and utterly” in the best interests of Waipa ratepayers.

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Mayor wants more information

10 June 2015


Waipa Mayor Jim Mylchreest wants more information about a water CCO before committing himself one way or another.
 

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Mayor ‘cautious’ on water report

11 May 2015

Waipa Mayor Jim Mylchreest has reacted cautiously to a report into how water infrastructure should best be managed in the future. The independent report says the sub-region would save $468 million over 28 years if three councils – Waipa, Hamilton City and Waikato District – formed a ratepayer owned company to manage water.

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All water restrictions lifted across Waipa

08 April 2015

The last of the water restrictions for Waipa have been lifted as from today (8 April). Restrictions were lifted across the district on 20 March except for in Te Awamutu and Pirongia. The two towns remained on Water Alert Level 3 which meant sprinklers were banned.

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Council outlines spending priorities

29 January 2015

Waipa District Council has indicated it will spend $973 million over the next 10 years to cope with current and projected growth in the district. Spending proposals for the coming decade are outlined in the Council’s draft 10-Year Plan. While some plans have already been floated in the community, the big picture will be finalised and released for public comment in March. Council’s big-ticket items for the next decade include major updgrades to the district’s water infrastructure  ($200 million), roads and footpaths ($159 million) and community services and facilities ($41 million).

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Waipa District moves to Water Alert Level 3

21 January 2015

Low water supplies in Te Awamutu and high water use in Cambridge has forced Waipa District to move to Water Alert Level 3 – effective from Thursday 22 January. The upgrade to Water Alert Level 3 means a complete ban on sprinkler use for Waipa residents. Hand-held hosing can be used at any time. 

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Waipa must use less water: council

25 November 2014

Waipa residents are being asked to reduce the amount of water they use per person. If they don’t, the council will be forced to spend millions more on infrastructure to provide the amount of water people in some parts of the district are currently using. Waipa District Council has released details and costs for two options being considered to help solve the district’s water challenges and cater for predicted growth. But irrespective of which option is chosen, council engineers say driving down water use in the district is a must.

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Waipa faces millions in water spend

25 November 2014

Waipa District Council has released broad costs on two options being considered to resolve and future-proof the district’s water supply. The council has previously warned that water will drive big costs over the next 10 years as the district struggles to keep up with growth as well as replace ageing infrastructure. Council must also meet increasing environmental and public health standards. 

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Council agrees to part-fund water study

28 October 2014

Waipa District Council has agreed to spend $162,500 as its share of a joint study into how water, waste water and stormwater services might best be delivered in the future. But the study will not go ahead until both Waikato District Council and Hamilton City Council have also agreed to fund their share. Waikato District Council will meet today (October 28) and Hamilton City Council will meet on Thursday (October 30) to discuss the proposal.

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Waipa's population up, down and ageing

18 September 2014

Waipa’s population will grow by 10,000 people to reach 56,400 in 2041 but will then drop to 51,800 by 2063 according to growth predictions released by the Waipa District Council. Cambridge and surrounding areas will be home to 25,000 people by 2040 – up from 17,300 today. Te Awamutu-Kihikihi will reach around 17,600 by 2040 before numbers also start to decline.  Waipa District Council strategy manager Gary Knighton said, “we need to think about what this means in terms of what we spend on infrastructure – including on water – and in what timeframe.”

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Waipa takes step towards water study

01 July 2014

Waipa District Council has agreed to consider a major study into how the district’s water infrastructure might best be managed in the future. Any study will examine a range of options including establishing a jointly-owned Council Controlled Organisation (CCO) with Hamilton City and Waikato District Councils. While Hamilton city has already agreed to co-fund the study, Waikato District Council has yet to formally consider the issue.

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Council cautious on water

27 June 2014

Waipa Mayor Jim Mylchreest says his council is likely to take a very cautious approach towards considering forming a jointly-owned public company to manage water. On Tuesday, the council will consider a series of staff recommendations around water and waste water services. Those recommendations include joining Hamilton city and Waikato district in funding a study into a council controlled organisation (CCO) to manage water infrastructure. 

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New pumps improve western water supply

30 July 2017

More than 2000 homes in the Dinsdale and Nawton area of Hamilton will have more consistent water pressure by the end of July.

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10 key points about proposals for a shared water management company

04 May 2017

Hamilton City Council today approved a shared service, non-asset-owning waters management company as its preferred model for collaborating with other local councils to best manage water. The decision means the Council’s Water Governance Group members are authorised to restart discussions with Waipa and Waikato Councils about a joint management approach, and after reaching mutual agreement with those councils, will jointly prepare a public consultation document for approval.

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Councillors discuss shared water company

13 April 2017

Hamilton City Council has signalled it may consider a major change to the way it manages water and wastewater services. At a public workshop today councillors indicated they may consider forming a non-asset owning shared waters management company along with Waipa and Waikato District Councils.  

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Hamilton City Council continues to investigate options for managing water

13 December 2016

Today, Hamilton City Council unanimously agreed to continue investigating options for a new way of managing water. The Council requested further information and advice on an enhanced shared service model and a Council Controlled Organisation that is both asset owning and non-asset owning (transitioning to asset owning).

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Hamilton City Council accepts CCO draft agreement

14 July 2016

Hamilton City Council has today voted to adopt a draft agreement which outlines how a water and wastewater council-controlled organisation for Hamilton City Council, Wakato District Council and Waipa District Council might be structured, should it go ahead.

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Council to discuss waters CCO on Thursday

11 July 2016

Hamilton City Council will discuss the potential formation of a Council-controlled organisation to manage water and wastewater at an extraordinary Council meeting this Thursday (July 14). The meeting is open to the public and has been added to the scheduled meeting calendar to provide time for Councillors to discuss the CCO draft agreement as well as to consider a draft submission to the proposed National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity.
 
 

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Hamilton company convicted after illegally taking water

05 July 2016

Hamilton construction company Sam Pemberton Civil Limited has been convicted and fined $1,500 plus costs for illegally taking water from a Hamilton City Council hydrant.The prosecution is the first of its kind to be brought by Hamilton City Council, and the Council’s Compliance Manager Trent Fowles says it reflects how seriously the Council takes security of the city’s water supply.

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Council backing Rotokauri growth

19 November 2015

Providing for another 20,000 residents in the northwestern fringe of Hamilton City took another step forward today as the Council’s Finance Committee approved a $7.6 million wastewater project for Rotokauri.

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Council supports motion to establish a CCO waters governance group

30 October 2015

Hamilton City Council yesterday voted at a Council meeting to establish a Waters Governance Group. This Group would work through a variety of matters to reach agreement and establish the essential elements that determine how a ratepayer-owned Council Controlled Organisation (CCO) would function if established to manage waters operations across three councils.

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Green light for crucial water project

22 October 2015

Hamilton City Council’s Finance Committee today unanimously approved awarding a $7.7 million contract for the installation of new bulk water main, a crucial part of the Rototuna Reservoir project.

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Hamilton City Council votes to support formation of waters CCO

30 July 2015

Hamilton City Council has agreed to form a ratepayer-owned council-control organisation (CCO) to manage water and wastewater. The decision is an in principle one, meaning a final decision cannot be made until the public has been fully consulted on the proposal. 

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Water network maintenance approved

23 July 2015

Hamilton City Council will spend $18.5m renewing and upgrading its stormwater, wastewater and water reticulation network over the next three years.

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Draft 10-Year Plan budget released for discussion by Council

05 December 2014

Hamilton City Council today released its draft 10-Year Plan budget in the Council agenda.The draft budget for the 10 Year Plan will be discussed at a Council meeting on 9 and 10 December. The Council will have the opportunity to consider a number of proposals for inclusion in the budget.

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Hamilton agrees to part-fund water study

30 October 2014

Hamilton City Council has agreed to fund its share of a joint study into how water, wastewater and stormwater services might best be delivered in the future. The study is being funded by Hamilton City Council, Waikato District Council and Waipa District Council. Hamilton City Council’s share of the study is $325,000.  Waipa and Waikato District Councils agreed on Tuesday (28 October) to each pay $162,500 each as their share, bringing the total cost to $650,000.

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Councillors discuss water report

15 May 2014

Hamilton city councillors have discussed an independent report recommending three Waikato councils establish a jointly-owned public company to manage water infrastructure. The report was commissioned by the Waikato Mayoral Forum and was discussed at a public workshop by Hamilton city councillors today.  It recommends that Waipa District, Waikato District and Hamilton city councils undertake a detailed business case on forming a council-controlled organisation (CCO) to manage water.

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Hamilton City Council supports waters CCO business case

26 April 2014

Hamilton City Council has supported a staff recommendation to undertake a business case examination into a jointly-owned public company to manage water infrastructure. The recommendation was approved at today’s Council meeting. It follows a report to the Waikato Mayoral Forum in April that recommended Hamilton city, Waipa and Waikato district councils consider co-funding a business case to look the establishment of a joint council-controlled organisation (CCO) for water and wastewater activities.

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Joint News Releases

Water alert levels lifted

20 March 2017

Water restrictions have been lifted today across Hamilton City, Waikato District and Waipa District. An unusually wet summer, cooler temperatures combined with residents managing their water usage has meant treatment plants were able to keep up with demand.

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Councils move to Water Alert Level 2

07 January 2016

Hamilton City, Waikato District and Waipa District are on Water Alert Level 2 as of tomorrow (Friday 8 January 2016). Warmer weather and increasing water demand has prompted the Councils to move to Alert Level 2 to help conserve water. The change to Alert Level 2 means sprinklers and watering systems can only be used on alternate days (e.g. even street numbers on even days; odd street numbers on odd days) between 6-8am and 6-8pm.

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Water alert level 1 triggered ahead of long hot summer

01 December 2015

Water restrictions are now in place following an increase in water use and expectations of the driest summer for decades. Hamilton, Waikato and Waipa have all moved to Water Alert Level 1 – sprinklers between 6am-8am and 6pm-8pm, hand held hosing at any time.

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Water restrictions lifted for most of sub-region - Smart Water

20 March 2015

All water restrictions in Hamilton and Waikato District and part of Waipa will be lifted from today (20 March) following recent rain and the sustained water use across the region. Te Awamutu and Pirongia are the only towns that will continue to have water restrictions and will remain at Water Alert Level 3. 

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Waipa District moves to Water Alert Level 3

21 January 2015

Low water supplies in Te Awamutu and high water use in Cambridge has forced Waipa District to move to Water Alert Level 3 – effective from Thursday 22 January. The upgrade to Water Alert Level 3 means a complete ban on sprinkler use for Waipa residents. Hand-held hosing can be used at any time. 

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Councils move to Water Alert Level 2

17 January 2015

Hamilton City and Waikato District are moving to Water Alert Level 2 to conserve water use. A prolonged spell of dry warm weather and high water demand has prompted Waikato District and Hamilton City Councils to move to Water Alert Level 2, effective fromSaturday 17 January. Waipa District Council moved to Water Alert Level 2 earlier this week.

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Waipa moves to Water Alert Level 2

08 January 2015

After just over a week at Water Alert Level One, a prolonged spell of dry warm weather and high water demand has prompted Waipa District to move to Water Alert Level 2 – effective today. This means sprinklers and watering systems can only be used on alternative days (e.g. even street numbers on even days; odd street numbers on odd days) between 6- 8am and 6- 8pm, while hand held hosing can be used any time. 

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Smart Water use starts today – Councils move to Water Alert Level 1

07 January 2015

Residents in the Hamilton, Waikato and Waipa districts are being asked to be smart with their water use with the introduction of Water Alert Level 1 from today. Water Alert Level 1 means residents can only use their sprinklers between 6-8am and 6-8pm. Hand-held hoses can be used at any time.

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Waikato Mayoral Forum

Forum clarifies position on "user pays" for water

29 April 2014

Waikato Mayoral Forum chair Allan Sanson is stressing that neither a water services report received by the forum, nor the forum itself, has suggested introducing a consumer “user pays” regime for water. His comments follow media coverage this morning of an independent report to the forum which suggests Waikato District, Waipa District and Hamilton City could look at forming a publicly owned council controlled organisation (CCO) to drive better value water services and to meet the growth challenges the three councils face.

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Councils advised to consider water company

28 April 2014

An independent report to the Waikato Mayoral Forum has recommended three Waikato councils investigate establishing a jointly-owned limited liability company to manage their water infrastructure. The report from three independent consultants was presented to the forum today. It recommends that Waipa District, Waikato District and Hamilton City councils undertake a detailed business case on forming a council-controlled organisation (CCO) to manage water.

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