Rangiora Water Supply and Rates

In last year’s Annual Plan the Council agreed to proceed with a new water supply for Rangiora.  This was after the post-election Council tried to delay it – public pressure forced a re-think on that one.

Rangiora needs a new supply because:

  • the current water quality does not meet national standards
  • it is not protected against protozoan-borne diseases like cryptosperidium and giardia
  • the volume of the supply is unreliable.

The new source for the water will be Kaiapoi, with the wells to be beside the Lineside Road motorway bridge.  The water will then have to be pumped up beside Lineside Road to new headworks which will be located in Southbrook or southern Rangiora.

There is, of course, a price to pay.  Rangiora residential properties are currently charged $136.10 per property for water.  In the coming 2009-10 year, the Draft Ten Year Plan proposes a charge of $168.  This will rise to $273 in 2011-12 and $320 in 2012-13.  The last amounts to $6.15 per week for clean, safe water, against the current $2.62.  Worth it?

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2 Responses to “Rangiora Water Supply and Rates”

  1. Lisa and Rob Smit Says:

    David with this new water supply would this mean water meters for Rangiora properties?

  2. David Ayers Says:

    Hi Lisa – no it won’t mean water meters. The Council has decided to put it in water meters on some representative properties across the District (not just Rangiora) to try and get better information on how water is being used. I think it is possible that the Government will, some time in the future, force councils to meter supplies and charge on usage.

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