Christchurch City Council-owned company City Care takes over
maintenance of Dunedin's water and wastewater network from
The main difference the public would see was vehicles branded
with the City Care logo attending to network problems such as
burst water mains or blocked sewers, Dunedin City Council
water and waste group manager Laura McElhone said.
People should still call the DCC's customer services agency
on (03) 477-4000 to report any issues and would still be
dealing with DCC staff if they had specific complaints or
queries. DCC staff would remain responsible for looking after
treatment plants, pumping stations and water reservoirs.
Of the 30 DCC staff affected by the decision to outsource the
water and wastewater network maintenance, 17 had been
transferred to City Care. At most, two redundancies were
expected, and the remainder of staff had been appointed to
alternative roles within the DCC, Dr McElhone said.
The contract with City Care was expected to deliver annual
savings of at least $350,000, as well as more assessment of
sewer pipe condition, which would allow for better renewal
Wastewater and stormwater sewers would also be cleaned more
regularly, which would reduce the risk of flooding and the
amount of sediment reaching Otago Harbour.