Waters CCO report at Monday’s Council meeting

24 July 2014
Waikato District Council

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.

Hamilton City and Waipa District Councils have both committed to proceeding with the business case and analysis, however all three councils need to agree for the study to get underway.

On Monday, Waikato District Council will consider a report which includes three recommendations for
the district including:

  • The status quo
  • A CCO or an Enhanced Shared Services model (benchmarked against the status quo) plus consider whether stormwater is delivered by a joint entity or left with the individual council
  • To consider expanding our current agreement with Auckland City Council’s CCO Watercare Services Ltd, to include managing water and wastewater services across the district via an alternative delivery method.
  • Waikato District Mayor, Allan Sanson said this is not about making a decision on the future management of water.

“Monday’s meeting is about deciding if we will support the study into how the district’s water infrastructure could be best managed into the future.

“If we’re recommending a significant investment into completing this business case we need to have all the options on the table. It makes strategic and financial sense for our council to consider extending its current agreements and relationships including the possible extension of our partnership with Watercare Services.”

ENDS

For more information please contact:
Narelle Barrowcliffe
Senior Communications Advisor
Waikato District Council
07 824 5921
027 836 2401
narelle.barrowcliffe@waidc.govt.nz