Strong response to water supply upgrade proposals

Thirty submissions have been received by the Central Otago District Council on proposals to improve Roxburgh's water quality.

The response showed a good level of community interest in the project, council manager assets and contracts Murray Washington said.

Council water services manager Russell Bond told two public meetings in Roxburgh earlier this month there were three options regarding water quality: improve the water supply to both Lake Roxburgh Village and Roxburgh, improve only the village supply, or do nothing.

To upgrade both the Lake Roxburgh Village and Roxburgh water supplies, the water rate would have to be increased by $230 to $250 per connection to build and maintain the necessary equipment, Mr Bond said.

If it was decided to upgrade only the Lake Roxburgh Village supply, and if that cost was imposed only on village residents, they could expect a water rate increase of between $450 and $510. However, if that cost was shared by Roxburgh residents, the increase would drop to between $100 and $105.

A report circulated at the public meetings said the supply at Lake Roxburgh Village was the poorer of the two.

Submissions received were being reviewed in detail by council staff, Mr Washington said.

Once that was finished, a report on them would be presented to the Roxburgh Community Board at its next meeting on December 9. Several submitters had said they wished to speak to their submissions, he said.

"The community board will then consider the submissions and decide the way forward. They will decide at that meeting whether they have enough information to make a decision then or whether they need more before that can be done."

There were "many more" submissions from Roxburgh than from Lake Roxburgh, Mr Washington said.


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