Town water supply upgrade costs should be spread over the
whole of Central Otago to ensure the long-term survival of
small communities, Roxburgh Community Board chairman Stephen
It was time for a ''rethink'' of whether upgrading drinking
water supplies to meet Government health regulations, should
be a cost borne by the district as a whole, rather than the
individual communities. He was speaking after the board's
estimates meeting last week, when the board approved a 5.6%
increase in the Roxburgh ward component of the rates.
Upgrading Roxburgh's wastewater plant and upgrading Roxburgh
and Lake Roxburgh's drinking water supplies were identified
as a major factor in the increase.
''Upgrading the water supplies is a big rates burden on small
communities, small population areas like Roxburgh and Omakau,
and I think we need a big rethink on ... water services, so
that those costs are shared. To be fair, we all live in
Central Otago, and the water costs should be similar across
the district, rather than having some areas with much higher
costs than others,'' he said.
''Small communities like ours are going to need help to
ensure their long-term survival.''