Buller District Council

Media Release – Waimangaroa Water Supply decision made

27th August, 2020

Waimangaroa currently has an untreated water supply sourced from Conns Creek. It is under a permanent ‘Boil Water Notice’ due to public health risk, and is also vulnerable to loss of supply, poor water quality and maintenance hazards.

There are currently 139 connections serving a population of approximately 250 residents. The existing system does not meet the criteria for a safe, reliable and adequate water supply.

Over the years, Council have examined several alternatives including local rivers, creeks, various bore locations, connecting to other supplies as well as retaining the current source. For valid reasons, many of these were dismissed.

The three options considered by Council to be most feasible were Option 1 – Britannia Bore, Option 2 – Westport Connection and Option 3 – Conns Creek Upgrade. Option 4 to “do nothing” was neither compliant in terms of public health nor sustainable from an asset management perspective.

Council acknowledges that compliance and affordability creates a difficult situation for rural drinking water supplies and small ratepayer bases. However, as the registered supplier Council must accept its legal responsibilities to take all practicable steps to ensure the health and well-being of all consumers.

Council considered a report at their August meeting yesterday and resolved to proceed with Option 3 – Conns Creek Upgrade as the preferred solution.


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