Kāpiti could be plunged further into water supply chaos if the Kāpiti Coast Council’s controversial river recharge scheme does not gain resource consent, says Otaki Community Board member Jackie Elliott.
Ms Elliott, who founded the anti-water meter group ‘Ask Us First,’ says there’s a real chance consent will not be granted by the Greater Wellington Regional Council.She says:” An application for a resource consent is now before the GWRC but there is a real chance consent will not be granted as it now includes untested recharging of the underground aquifier with river water to maintain it’s natural pressure.”
And she says the KCDC plan cover relocating the borefield due to the threat of pollution by saline intrusion.
She adds: “KCDC needs a Plan B and a dam is the obvious solution.
“In the event of the controversial scheme not proceeding, the current Mayor and Council would have wasted another three-year term and millions of dollars on consultants and less urgent projects, including $10m on water meter installations that will not provide one drop of the water needed to secure this district’s long term water supply needs.
She says:”Water metering, which the public clearly did not want, will not work without the river recharge as our current supply is below our needs.
“If KCDC can spend over $30 million on a pool and upgrading their offices, surely they can spend $30 million on a dam to secure the long term water needs of Kapiti.”
Ms Elliott also says she’s spoken to thousands of residents over the past two years and they have expressed near unanimous support for the investment of their rates on ‘a workable long-term, commonsense solution.
“I look forward to this common sense Plan B finally being the Plan A as it should have always been,” she says.
“The dam needs to be started and I urge Kapiti Coasters to support those who will cbring it to fruition.
“The Long awaited dam has always been my, and the ratepayers,’ first choice. ”
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