Buller District Council

Waimangaroa Water Update

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Latest update

1 July 2021

Council Report for August
The Waimangaroa Water Supply project team continues to work on the Conns Creek option and will prepare a report for the Council meeting to be held on Wednesday 25 August 2021.

The conforming solution (as per Council’s request for tender) for the Conns Creek Upgrade is based on an engineer’s estimate of $2.68M and includes:

  • A preferred raw water system (as per Council’s design engineer concept), which has been priced via early contractor involvement (ECI)
  • A preferred treated water system including new treatment plant and 300m3 gravity flow storage, which will go out for open tender

Council has previously resolved to consider the raw water system up to a value of $1.45M once the evaluation report was completed by staff. Council also resolved that the estimated $1.23M shortfall for the treated water system must be externally funded to avoid additional impact to ratepayers. Subsequent advice has guided Council to re-consult with the community before committing to the raw water system.

A range of alternatives is also being explored by the project team, seeking to achieve safe, compliant drinking water within the already approved budget of $1.45M and includes:

  • A priority raw water system (lowest capital cost), following a risk based approach to reduce scope or redesign
  • A priority treated water system, also following a risk based approach to reduce scope or redesign

The Council report is expected to recommend that a new community consultation process be conducted in September, based on the various options and alternatives presented at the August meeting to ensure appropriate consideration and opportunity for feedback from ratepayers.

Rates impacts onwards from 2021/22
On 30 June, Council adopted the 2021 – 2031 Long Term Plan for the Buller District. As a result, new rates charges will apply from Thursday 1 July. From this date, the water rates will be $1,093 including GST per connection.

These rates were set on $1.45m loan funded capital programme cost of $1.45m. Part of the community consultation in September will revisit the costs of the project and the impact of the rates to each ratepayer.

If anyone is concerned about meeting their payments for rates Council may be able to assist. Ratepayers may be entitled to a rates rebate which can pay up to $655 off a rates bill each year. Ratepayers can also pay their rates by setting up an automatic payment, or by direct debit.

Paying rates in a small regular payment can take away the worry of a rates bill every three months. Contact Council for details if you would like to make regular payments of your rates.

Earlier updates

Update March 2021

Update August 2020

Update November 2017 (1Mb)

Update September 2017 (717Kb)


If you have an enquiry about Waimangaroa water please email waimangaroa@bdc.govt.nz or phone Council on 0800 807 239


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