Auckland Council admit there is a problem with water infrastructure as well

Watercare have taken offence at my assertions that Auckland infrastructure is stuffed and has 10% capacity remaining in it.

That’s not necessarily their fault – they inherited a legacy of poor management from the seven former Councils and they have a limited capacity to raise funds for more expenditure.

Now they say that the limited capacity isn’t really an issue because they have lots of expenditure planned.

Except that the planned infrastructure is spread over decades and, importantly, it doesn’t fix the issue today. It doesn’t even fix it in the next 5 or 10 years.

Auckland Council even admit that the current infrastructure is stuffed.

Only last week a presentation made by Council’s own Manager for Growth and Infrastructure Strategy, Dawne Mackay, states clearly that they have issues:  

  • limited or no urban infrastructure;
  • significant costs involved;
  • unaffordable to service growth everywhere at once; and
  • ad hoc development will create pressure on capacity of existing infrastructure.

She also outlines that Watercare have to spend some $4.7 billion of expenditure that is required to provide capacity to growth – and it is spread over three decades.

The problem is that capacity right now is less than 10%.

Besides, there is no evidence to prove that all the expenditure currently underway ($1b according to Watercare) will resolve the capacity issue. That’s simply because the current infrastructure expenditure is on large interconnectors and plant capacity.

What is not occurring is expenditure in the streets or to connect SHAs to the network. I can’t see a plan for those elements of the system yet I am reliably informed that those elements are truly stuffed.

All the expenditure in the future counts for nought if you can’t resolve issues that occur today.

RAW DATA: Dawne_Mackay_Auckland_Council_Presentation


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  • one for the road

    If this be the case, then the govt should be undertaken a serious review of the situation with urgency!! The last thing the economy and Aucklanders need in the next 3-5 years will be a shortage of water infastructure and breakages/bottlenecks…

  • Tiger

    All this whilst Len “Nero” Brown fiddles. Securing infrastructure needs for a growing city are the basic KPIs council should be measured on. As a ratepayer I await with trepidation my next rates rise notice to pay for the “gap” between the plan (if there is one) and what is really needed. If Auckland Council were a business, they’d be valued at “junk” status. Buy at your peril. Mind you with property prices going up and up, the CV increases raise rates anyhow.

  • shykiwibloke

    So.. The money has been collected for infrastructure and somehow now not available for what has to be done. If I tried that in business I would be up on fraud charges!

  • Andy

    And they say NZ has no corruption