The ASK US FIRST anti-water meter campaign has again alleged the Kapiti Coast District Council has no mandate to install district-wide water meters.
And its leader,Jackie Elliott, says: ‘A rigged phone survey won’t help. ‘
Ms Elliott says the Long Term Plan consultation of 28 days is over, but it has left most ratepayers and residents feeling ‘even more ignored and confused than before.’
Ms Elliott alleges the figures released by council on the Water Supply options were inaccurate and deliberately misleading.
Costing wrong, says Ms Elliott
She says:”Low costs quoted for single person households under the water meter option did not include the actual water usage — or many on-going costs of water meter maintenance or meter reading.
“Costs quoted for the dam only option at $44million, were wildly inflated. Council simply cannot justify this figure.
“When consultants last costed the dam in 2006 for the Technical Advisory Group (TAG), the quoted price for the Maungotukutuku dam to be completed by March 2014 was $25.1 million.
“This is the price accepted by this Council in July 2010 when they accepted the TAG report and project timeline,” she says.
Dam prices ‘inflated’
“The dam, was quoted at costing $33 million, by the Charging Regime Advisory Group (CRAG) report in April; yet during the submission process, it was inflated again to $44 million.
“If anything, this proves that no price will be as good as today’s price. And by postponing its construction KCDC will be committing ratepayers to huge costs in the future as well as huge costs under water metering, with no tangible gain.”
Ms Elliott says that campaigners are concerned that both the TAG and the CRAG. were chaired by the same person, Mr Don Hunn.
She says: “Over 20 months the outcome of the dam costing has differed so much. This looks like report writing to order, and it is just one of the issues we will be seeking further legal advice on.”
Mayor’s record on water meters
Ms Elliott also attacked Mayor Jenny Rowan’s record on water meters.
“In accepting the TAG report in July 2010,” she says,” The Mayor stated there would be no water meters.
“We all remember this, and refuse to accept Council has the right to begin household and business charging.
“KCDC has no right to enter your private property to install meter equipment. No right to dig up your shared access driveway. No right to issue invoices to you other than for your rates or dog license. And no right to spend ratepayers money on water meters, a project for which they have absolutely no mandate.
“ It is up to the community to ensure they never get that right.”