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). Waikato District Council will also pay an additional $55,000 for a fourth option – to investigate the possibility of expanding a current agreement with Auckland City Council’s CCO Watercare Services Ltd.
Chief Executive Gavin Ion says the decision to request additional information is about efficiency.
“The outcomes of this separate piece of work will be part of the larger study but the costs and benefits relate specifically to this council and will help us determine the most appropriate way forward should the partner councils decide not to progress with recommendations in the study.
“We need to consider all options available to our communities and extending existing partnerships could be a viable option.”