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Three waters reform

Government's three waters service delivery arrangements for drinking water, wastewater and stormwater

27 October 2021 - Government announce the Three Waters Reform Programme is mandatory.

Mayor Rehette Stoltz says it’s disappointing the government will go ahead with Three Waters Reform despite our Council opting out in principle. We'll be working closely with Government on the Three Waters Reform Programme to ensure the water security needs of our community are met.

A summary of local government feedback on the three waters reform proposals

About the Government's reform - water service entities

The Government has confirmed it will create 4 publicly owned water entities to manage New Zealand's drinking water, wastewater and stormwater services. These 4 entities will ensure all New Zealanders have access to safe, affordable water services that meet their expectations now and into the future.

For more information go to www.dia.govt.nz/Three-Waters-Reform-Programme

Why 4 entities?

Currently water services are provided by 67 councils across New Zealand. Many of these service 100,000 or fewer connected ratepayers. This has meant that ratepayers across the country pay greater costs to receive these services, and many communities receive inconsistent services based on their location and population.

Decisions on entity boundaries has also been  informed by an understanding of communities of interest , iwi  rohe boundaries and a consideration of water catchments.

Entity C

Gisborne District Council has been placed in Entity C and our better off funding allocation is $28.8m.
Here's a map and overview of the water services entities

Three waters reforms timeline

All water services entities operational 1 July 2024 - see timeline

Links to the Government's information

Three waters website

Department of Internal Affairs website Three Waters Reform Programme

A new system for three waters service delivery

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Quick links to Q&As

LGNZ have some questions and answers that help explain the three waters reform

Here's the top 11 questions and answers including who would own the water asset under the reform process.