Five Mile Bay Water Funding
As part of the Long-term Plan 2018-28 (LTP), Council committed to building a water pipe in 2020/21, which would enable Five Mile Bay residents to connect to the Taupō water scheme.
Council undertook a survey in 2017 to understand whether there was demand from Five Mile Bay residents for the ability to connect to the Taupō water scheme. The results of the survey indicated that there was demand from some residents. In addition, sampling of some private water supplies in Five Mile Bay has shown issues such as high arsenic levels and bacteria contamination present in some of the private supplies.
The project will have positives for the residents of Five Mile Bay, with access to treated drinking water that is compliant with the Drinking Water Standards New Zealand, a potential increase in property values that occurs when a property is connected to a reticulated water scheme, and enhanced firefighting capacity. Five Mile Bay residents could see a decrease in their insurance bill relating to firefighting provisions, if a Council reticulated supply is available for firefighting purposes.
What will the project involve?
The project involves the construction of new water pipeline through Five Mile Bay, to allow residents to connect to the Taupō water scheme. The cost of the project is estimated to be $500,000, however the exact cost won’t be known until construction has been completed.
What are we seeking feedback on?
The purpose of this consultation is to find out how those who will be affected think the project should be funded.
We are seeking feedback on four specific issues:
- Issue 1: Should the headworks contribution be charged?
- Issue 2: Should Five Mile Bay residents pay the capital costs?
- Issue 3: Should Five Mile Bay residents who choose to connect have to pay the $889 (incl. GST) connection fee?
- Issue 4: Should Five Mile Bay residents who don't connect to the Taupō water scheme be required to pay a targeted water half rate?
A detailed analysis of each issue is available in the consultation document below.
This consultation document presents four issues in relation to the water reticulation of the Five Mile Bay community and we want your feedback.
Have your say
This is your opportunity to have a say on how Five Mile Bay residents contribute to the project to construct a pipeline which would enable residents to connect to the Taupō water scheme.
Submissions open on 17 September 2020 and close at 5pm on 19 October 2020.
You can make an online submission here.
The Chief Executive Officer
Taupō District Council
Private Bag 2005
Taupō District Council
Freepost No. 112497
Hearings have been set down for Tuesday 3 November. If you indicate on your submission that you wish to present your comments in person, you will be contacted after the submission period has closed to arrange a date and time. You will be given up to 5 minutes in which to present your submission and answer questions. Please make your written comments as complete as possible and use the hearing time to highlight the most important aspects of your submission.
|17 September 2020||Submission process opens|
|19 October 2020||Submissions close at 5pm|
|3 November 2020||Council hearings|