A proposal for Hamilton City Council and Waipa District Council to join forces to manage water and wastewater is back on the table. In December, Waipa rejected a recommendation to form a non-asset owning company alongside the city. But Waipa chief executive Garry Dyet said since then, things have changed.Read more
Water use in Waipa district has hit a record high for December, prompting a move to Water Alert Level 3 - effective immediately. Last week, Waipa residents used a record breaking 60 million litres of water over a two day period.
Water Alert Level Three means a complete ban of sprinklers for Waipa residents. Hand held hosing is still allowed.
Waipa District Council is warning further water restrictions will be necessary if residents don’t start cutting back their water use. Despite a move to water alert level one on 1 December, water consumption has increased by 14 per cent across the district as warm weather drives up demand.Read more
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.Read more
Formal feedback on a proposal to form a Shared Waters Management Company closed yesterday with 72 submissions received. Of those submissions, 35 per cent supported Hamilton City and Waipa District Councils forming a non-asset owning council-owned company to provide water, wastewater and stormwater services. Around 60 per cent opposed the proposal, citing a range of reasons. The remaining submitters did not express a preference.Read more
Waipa District Council is looking down the barrel of an extra $100-plus million spend on water services over the coming decade. And while most of that money will be returned to the Council by land developers and others, there are concerns the wider infrastructure industry may not have the capacity to get the work done.Read more
Preliminary work will begin in earnest within the next month to upgrade Te Awamutu's water supply. In Te Awamutu, the Council struggles to supply enough water during summer. Water currently comes from the Mangauika Stream on Mt Pirongia and an underground bore on Frontier Road.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.
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 DecemberRead more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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).Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.”Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more