Buller District Council

Status of Buller District Council Water Supplies

11th April, 2017

The events that happened in Havelock North in 2016 have highlighted the level of risk that is associated with being a water supplier and the consequences of getting this wrong.   This has prompted a thorough review of all the Buller District water supplies and a shift to a risk based approach for managing water.

At the Council meeting held 29 March 2017, two papers regarding water supplies were discussed in public excluded proceedings. The first paper addressed the strategic direction for water supplies. The second paper provided a status update for each of the District’s water supplies.

Council is currently responsible for eight of our District’s drinking water supplies as follows: Hector/Ngakawau; Inangahua Junction; Little Wanganui; Mokihinui; Punakaiki; Reefton; Waimangaroa; Westport.

Since his appointment last November, Group Manager Assets & Infrastructure Mike Duff and his Three Waters team have been conducting a review of these water supplies from a risk perspective The appended report is the first in a new format that will be made publically available via the Council agenda every quarter.   “This report sets a baseline as to where things are currently at, and makes it clear what our priorities need to be going forward. We will be working hard over this coming year to reduce amber and red alerts for all of the supplies Council are responsible for.” says Mike.

Chief Executive Andy Gowland-Douglas says:  “We want to be absolutely transparent and upfront with our communities as to where things currently stand.  This is far too important to be swept under the carpet and ignored.  Now that we have clear understanding of the issues with some of the supplies we can get on and address these, which is exactly what we plan to do”

Below is a copy of the Status report:

Status Report for Buller District Council Water Supplies (507Kb)

For more information please contact:
Mike Duff
Group Manager – Assets & Infrastructure
Buller District Council



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