3 Waters

The Government has recently announced a proposal to change the way drinking water, wastewater and stormwater (the ‘three waters’) services are provided across the country. At the moment, these services are mostly provided by local councils, including Rangitikei District Council.

The proposed changes would remove responsibility for providing three water services from 67 councils nationwide and place it under four independent water entities.

Rangitīkei is included in 'Entity B', which will be made up of 22 councils, including our neighbours Whanganui and Ruapehu and others in Waikato, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty and Taranaki. Entity B would provide Three Water Services to a total population of around 800,000 people.

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* 1. Before receiving this survey, were you aware that the Government is proposing to change the way drinking water, wastewater and stormwater (the ‘three waters’) are provided across the country?

Regardless of who delivers the three waters service, we will have:

- Access to clean and safe drinking water

- A wastewater system that safely takes away and treats the water from your toilets, showers, sink etc.

- A stormwater network that effectively manages surface water and improves its quality before discharging it into our waterways

We want to understand what is important to you before we give feedback to the Government on the proposed changes to how we manage the three waters

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* 2. ‘Three waters’ is how we commonly refer to our drinking water, wastewater and stormwater services.

Thinking about how we deliver drinking water, wastewater and stormwater services, do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

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All areas of New Zealand should have access to safe drinking water
We should have safe drinking water
We should all have the same standard of three waters service, even if we have to share costs across other councils
Our water infrastructure should be improved, or it should be maintained to at least the same standard as it is now
Three water services should be managed and operated as efficiently as possible
Water rates should only be spent and invested locally
Households should pay for their water based on how much they actually use
Three waters should be managed and operated locally by people who understand our area
The three waters infrastructure assets should remain in local ownership (Assets mean things like pipes, water pump stations, water treatment plants)
We should have a strong (representative) democratic say in the way three waters services are provided in our area

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* 3. Please rank these statements. Rank them in order of most important to least important. Drag and drop the statements into your preferred order

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* 4. Is there anything else that you would like to tell us about your priorities

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* 5. Do you have any other comments about the change that the Government is proposing to how we manage the three waters?

Thanks for your responses so far. Before we finish, we’d like to ask a few final questions about you and your household. This will help us to understand who we have received feedback from.

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* 6. How old are you?

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* 7. Which of the following do you identify with?

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* 8. Where do you live?

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* 9. Do you pay rates to the Rangitikei District Council?

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* 10. Which of the following best describes your household?

Thanks for taking the time to add your voice to our feedback to the Government on the proposed Three Waters Reform Programme.
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