Water Meter Success

water--waikanae river under the bridge‘A billion litres of water saved because of water metering,’ says KCDC

The Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC) claims that it’s saved over a billion litres of water because of water metering in the District.
But in its latest media update, the Council says the Waikanae river recharge scheme has had to be brought into use again waikanae river falls BW since last Saturday because of the continuing drought.

The KCDC says: ‘The Waikanae River continued to drop into the weekend and at 9am Saturday morning the  river recharge scheme was started.
‘We have been using it since to top up the river so we can continue to supply treated river water to the Waikanae Paraparaumu and Raumati communities (the bore water is added below the treatment plant so it doesn’t enter supply).’
Second time scheme use
KCDC Civic Building
KCDC Civic Building

The Council says this is the second time it’s used the unique River Recharge Schem.

It adds: ‘Because we have introduced water meters, which have successfully reduced consumption, and built the River Recharge Scheme using our borefield, Kāpiti is in a good position to weather projected dry spells.
‘We haven’t needed to impose water restrictions unlike many parts of the country.’
And the KC DC says that if the dry spell continues, it will still have the bores as a backup.
‘This gives us surety  that many other parts of the country don’t have,’ it says.
Metering statistics
As a direct result of water metering, the Council says, ‘we took over a billion litres less water from the Waikanae River last year compared to past years.’
Reducing consumption has meant the Kapiti Council can defer capital spending on upgrading water infrastructure, it says.
The KCDC concludes with this appeal to the public: ‘We’d like everyone to keep up the good work of conserving water.
‘This is what makes a difference and reduces what we need to take from the river or the borefield.’

‘A billion litres of water saved because of water metering,’ says KCDC, that is just a softener for the next Water Rate increase, so they can say our budget is down, so we have to make a large increase into the Water Meter Rate, due to the community’s severe reduction of use. Just a cash cow!!!

What typical nonsense from Mr Dougherty’s spin doctors! “Reducing consumption has meant the Kapiti Council can defer capital spending on upgrading water infrastructure, it says” Really? So if water pipes, pumps etc need replacing, they don’t need to do that now? If a pipe starts to leak, they can ignore it (unless it’s obvious to a passer-by)?

“The continuing drought” is going to be an ongoing feature because of climate change, and likely to get worse in summer while the opposite could happen in winter, like we saw last year.

People are scared to use water now because it go straight on top of their rates. That doesn’t matter to Mr Dougherty, struggling along on his $5,846 from ratepayers a week, but for the average citizen for whom the median income is a tenth of that, it is likely to be different

Where is KCDC keeping this water it is saving at such great expense to its ratepayers? Not in a reservoir, that’s for sure.