“Here in Wellington City, we rightly take safe drinking water as a given”, says Wellington City Council’s Chief Infrastructure Officer, Tom Williams, “and we’re going to keep it that way.”
“We can’t ignore that up to 30 percent of our drinking water is wasted through leaky pipes, both Council pipes and private pipes on people’s properties.
"We also know that our wastewater system is leaky, causing our streams and coast to be polluted more regularly than is acceptable.
“On top of that, Wellingtonians have the added complexity of earthquakes, which make underground pipes and pumps even more vulnerable and expensive.”
And that is why a special Mayoral Taskforce was formed in early 2020 to sort out these problems.
In early March this year Wellington Mayor Andy Foster convened a diverse group of 13 individuals, from mana whenua, business, community and local Council to form a Mayoral Taskforce: Three Waters.
It was established in the wake of infrastructure and environmental problems that came to a head in late 2019 – early 2020. On 16 December 2020 Councillors received the 40-page report at a Council Meeting and that was approved by unanimous decision.
The Taskforce report concluded that water infrastructure has not received sufficient investment to maintain the levels of performance expected by the public, or to accommodate the impacts of growth and to reduce the impact of the services on the environment.