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  • Tank Water households can save on wastewater charges by installing your own water meter

    Save $100’s on Wastewater costs from Watercare

    If your house is on tankwater for its water supply and on reticulated sewage (not a septic tank or private system) you could save money on your monthly wastewater charge.

    An ‘estimated’ amount of $627 (or $52.25 per month) is charged per year for properties in this situation because Watercare does not know the water consumption that is also used to calculate wastewater.  The ‘estimated’ amount is expected to increase each year.

    Many tank water households with low water use (including single, retired couples, holiday homes and water conservers) are effectively overcharged for their wastewater.  This may amount up to many hundreds of dollars per year.

    Background

    The Whangaparaoa Ratepayers and Residents Association has had an ongoing campaign to put households on tank water on the same basis as those with reticulated water – especially so that tank water households can make savings and not be charged what for many is an excessive fixed charge.

    We know that people on tank water are careful with their water use – so we would expect many households to make considerable savings.  This applies especially to single person households, vacant and holiday homes – notably those unoccupied when people are away on holiday.

    After successfully convincing Watercare to allow households to connect water meters through Watercare approved plumbers (who were not local), we then convinced Watercare to allow the householder to choose their own plumber – but the discounted price of $115 for the 20mm meter and ‘y’ strainer was no longer available.  So not too many people took advantage of the potential savings because the meter and installation cost was too expensive to make it worthwhile.

    The new situation - as from now - is that we have: sourced meters at the discounted price, identified local plumbers who are experienced in installation and available, provided information to explain the process (here) and make understanding easy.

    What you can do

    Householders are now able to have a water meter fitted to their tank water supply so that they can be charged volumetricaly for their wastewater based on the amount of water coming into the house.  You pay for and own the meter

    Is it worth it

    How worthwhile it is paying for a water meter to be installed depends on:

    How much the installation will cost

    The water meter and ‘y’ strainer can be sourced for $115 including gst.  Watercare charge a $50 application charge.  Then there is the cost of installation – you will need to get a price from a certified plumber on this.

    The meter is required to be installed after the pump and on the main water supply to the house.  It must be located so that Watercare’s meter reader has safe and unobstructed walk-up access to read the water meter. In some situations this may be impossible or too costly.

    It may be that you can have some of the installation work done yourself – short of the plumbing

    How much water you use

    The easiest way to work this out is by taking some examples.

    If your water consumption is zero then all you will pay under the metered arrangement (after your installation, meter and application costs) is the fixed charge per year of $205 (which includes gst) – which works out to $17.08 per month

    This compares with the ‘estimated’ fixed cost of $627 per year (including gst) – which works out to $52.25 per month.

    At this rate you would be saving $35.17 per month ($52.25 - $17.08) or $422 for a year.

    Zero water consumption is unrealistic unless the house is vacant – but does give an idea of the maximum possible saving.

    The amount of water you use depends on how many people in the house and how much each person uses.

    A low water use household (like a single person that conserves water) could be as low as 12 cubic metres charged a year, but probably more like .  Remember the actual consumption is nearly a 1/3 higher because the wastewater volume is charged at 78.5% of actual consumption.

    At the opposite extreme when water use charged is as high as 170 cubic metres – or 220 cubic metres actual consumption (this is 602 litres per day) – there is NO SAVING. 

    Does it stack up

    Taking a hypothetical example of say $115 for the meter and strainer, $50 Watercare application and say $200 installation by a certified plumber ( a total of $365 all up) – about 80 cubic metres actual consumption gives you breakeven in the first year; ie:  the $365 has been paid for by your savings compared to not being on a meter.  Any water consumption less than this gives you further savings.

    If the water meter costs more to install then the time taken to get a saving will take longer.

    So what to do next

    Have a look at the information on Watercare’s website.  Go to www.watercare.co.nz then residential, then water meters, then Raintank water meter.

    There is a lot of useful information to download at the bottom of the page.  We recommend you read it.

    If it looks like having a meter installed can work for you then contact a plumber

    We have identified two local plumbers who have experience in installing water meters on water tank households:

    Willie Snep  027 4948118

    Dean Thomas 021 437802

    Both these plumbers are local and know what they are doing.  They are both certified plumbers

    They know what Watercare’s installation requirements are.

    It is up to you whether you get a quote or estimate

    It is important to consider in advance whether a water meter installation at your house is feasible

    They can supply the meter – or you can purchase it yourself at a total of $115 (or $52.25 per month).  This is for a 20mm meter and strainer.

     

    Water meters that meet Watercare’s requirements – Elster Kent – can be purchased direct from:

    Arthur D Riley

    8 Beatrice Tinsley Crescent, Albany.  Phone 4442350

    This is on the North Shore.

    Riley will accept cash or cheque but not cards.  Direct debit is ok

    -           Account Name: Arthur D Riley & Co. Limited

    -          Bank Account Number: 06-0501-0063165-00

     

    If paying by direct debit in advance of pick up or delivery you will need to email A D Riley first for them to confirm and to provide the information they require to process the sale (see the form below).  This includes:

    Name (company and personal)

    Delivery address (or postal address if they are collecting)

    Phone number

    Order number (if applicable)

    Method of payment

    Delivery or Collection

    Signed statement that this meter is for rain tank metering only.

    Email address – So we can email out an ‘order acknowledgement’ which has all the details for Direct Debit payments.  A receipted invoice will be sent with the meter.

     

    Please note that A D Riley are also able to courier the water meter for an additional cost of $8.63.  This gives a total of $223.63 for water meter and ‘y’ strainer couriered to you (Auckland)

     

    Make sure you have read and understood Watercares Terms and Conditions

    Please read Watercare’s ‘Rain Tank Meter Installation Guidelines’

    If it looks like the project is worthwhile and the certified plumber has fitted the meter to Watercre’s specifications, then the next step is to apply to Watercare.  Go to their website and download the form for application, fill it in and send off to Watercare.


     

    Email to: admin.akl@adriley.co.nz

    Water meter order

     

     

     

    Name (company and personal)

     

     

    Delivery address (or postal address if they are collecting)

     

     

     

    Phone number

     

     

    Order number (if applicable)

     

     

     

    Order for 20 mm Elster Kentwater 20mm water meter plus ‘y’ strainer

     

    Method of payment

     

     

    Delivery or Collection

     

     

    Signed statement that this meter is for rain tank metering only.

     

    Signed:

    Email address– So we can email out an ‘order acknowledgement’ which has all the details for Direct Debit payments.  A receipted invoice will be sent with the meter.

     

     

     

     


     

  • WHANGAPARAOA RATEPAYERS AND RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER - MARCH 2014

    WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT


    Join the Whangaparaoa Ratepayers and Residents Association and back the current committee for re-election


    Help us continue our good work


    We need to follow through on issues that matter to you:


    Auckland Council Unitary Plan submissions and cross-submissions that will help save the special character of Whangaparaoa.  These include


    • Protecting Whangaparaoa’s golf courses at Gulf Harbour and Army Bay from housing developments

    • Making the Hammerhead at Gulf Harbour a reserve to reflect its use

    • Making the Council-owned Marina Land at Gulf Harbour provide parking for berth holders and no housing

    • Keeping the limit on housing development at Gulf Harbour because of traffic and infrastructure issues

    • Tightening up on provisions for Boarding Houses

    • Changing ‘Sites and Places of Value to Mana Whenua’ to an alert layer only

    • Require notification of cellphone towers to at least local residents

    • Development controls in catchments of low-lying areas like Manly, Arkles and Stanmore Bay to prevent flooding of properties

    • Protecting the bush at the back of Arkles Bay between Wade River Road and McKenzie Ave

    • Reducing density around the Whangaparaoa Plaza where there are traffic, flooding and infrastructure issues

    • Keeping the large lot and bush character along the Weiti Estuary

    • Limiting development of the Weiti Block by Stillwater


    UPCOMING ISSUES WE ARE WORKING ON


    • Cross-submissions to the Unitary Plan in May and June – then preparing evidence and presenting in 2015

    • Another presentation to the Watercare Board over the wastewater and water meter charging issues for tank-water residents

    • Advocacy and presentations to Auckland Transport on improved bus services for Whangaparaoa – including to Arkles Bay; we are planning a survey in support

    • Keeping and extending the ban on set-netting at Arkles Bay

    • Presentations to Auckland Council, the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board and Auckland Transport on making the Hibiscus Coast spray-free


    KEEP US GOING


    Your support is important.  Last year there was a move by some people to wind the association up.  We do not want this to happen.  We also want to build our membership and support from residents and ratepayers of Whangaparaoa that believe in and support the issues we are fighting for on your behalf


    ACTIVITIES OVER THE LAST YEAR


    Ongoing pressure on Council and Watercare for a fairer deal on wastewater charging and associated water meter installation for residents on water tanks – meetings, presentations, lobbying


    Continued advocacy on preventing cellphone towers in areas affecting local residents


    Advocacy and support for local residents of Matai Road opposed to a Boarding House – lobbying, meeting


    Opposition to the sale of the Council-owned Marina Land at Gulf Harbour – presentations and lobbying Council and the Local Board


    Encouraging, assisting and lodging submissions to the Auckland Council Unitary Plan – meetings, preparing and assisting with submissions


    Contact phone to leave a message:  424 8349, email: contact@wrrai.co.nz, website:  wrrai.co.nz


    Please join and support us – we need your help

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    MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION

    WHANGAPARAOA RATEPAYERS AND RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION


    YES  -  I (we)  are residents and/or ratepayers on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula (from the start of Viponds Road east) and WANT TO JOIN


    I/we hereby apply for membership in the WHANGAPARAOA RATEPAYERS’ AND RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION and enclose my/our subscription. ($6 for one person, $10 for a married couple)


    NAME Mr/Mrs/Ms_____________________________________________


    CHEQUE/CASH ENCLOSED FOR  $________

    Direct debits to our account are not accepted.  Receipts are not sent unless requested


    ADDRESS  ____________________________________________________     


    (We’ll take cash too, but can’t guarantee its safe arrival) You can save postage by dropping this application in the mailbox at the main door of the Whangaparaoa Hall


    telephone number: ____________________________                        


    email address:______________________________________________


    Generally delivery of our newsletters and notice of meetings will be by email to save the expense and effort of printing, postage and delivery – so please advise us your email address if possible


    NOTE: One thing that has changed is the privacy laws. Please tick below to indicate those items that you do not mind making public. Everything else, including the very fact of your membership, will be kept confidential unless you indicate otherwise below. What you tick, we may reveal, what you do not tick, we keep confidential.


    o My name (confirming that I am a member)       

    o My address

    o My telephone number     o My email address



  • WHANGAPARAOA RESIDENTS AND RATEPAYERS ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER - DECEMBER 2013

    Greetings to members and residents


    This newsletter has been sent to you to inform you about issues the committee has been dealing with over the last six months.


    AUCKLAND COUNCIL ELECTIONS


    We are delighted that this area can now be represented by two councillors - Wayne Walker and John Watson. Both of these people live on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula and have done for many years. They are both longstanding members of this committee and have a real interest in the well being of our wonderful community here.


    On the local board we have Greg Sayers and Louisa Kronqvist representing our voice as a community.


    We can look forward to the best interests of our community being represented by these dedicated people.


    AUCKLAND UNITARY PLAN


    We are concerned with the implications of the Auckland Unitary Plan for the Hibiscus Coast.

    We are planning to hold a public meeting in the Whangaparaoa Ratepayers Hall to create submissions to alleviate our concerns. Submissions are required to be in by 28th February so we will keep you informed as to date and time of meeting as we are sure you will want to discuss the implications of this plan for our community and submit your concerns.


    There should be collaboration between community groups on topics such as building density and improving the system of scheduling for tree preservation. The destruction of the Resource Management Act increases the potential for threats to the environment.


    We will continue to monitor developments at The Hammerhead, Gulf Harbour so that we keep this stretch of land for public use as it is now.


    Reserves and set netting too have not been put on the back burner!


    WATER METERS


    We are concerned about the practices of Watercare regarding installation of water meters. Costs of the installation are unnecessarily high. We would like to see the costs brought down to an appropriate level and  plan to submit our concerns to Watercare regarding this with a view to making the cost of water meter installation a realistic one for all of our community members.



    TRANSPORTATION MATTERS


    Transportation matters on the Hibiscus Coast are still an issue, especially the proposed widening of Whangaparaoa Road and ferries to the city.


    We think bus services should have extended evening services and full coverage to include Arkles Bay.


    We are due for a transportation review by the council, but only after South Auckland and West Auckland have had theirs!


    NEW HONOURS BOARD


    When you next visit the Whangaparaoa Hall check out the new Honours Board. This recognizes past presidents of the association - workers for our community!


    Cheers,

    Winsbury White

    President, Whangaparaoa Residents and Ratepayers Association


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    This image shows members of our community at the hall protesting about the overpriced Watercare charges. Winsbury, Wayne, Tom, John and Angie are helping to chair the meeting.


    We represent your voice in the community.



     

  • Excess Wastewater charges for properties on water tanks and bore water

    Excess Wastewater charges for properties on water tanks and bore water

    Thank you for your support and interest.
    We start this email with a general update, how you can help, going forward and summary of points.
    Then there is further information about installing a meter (various options, timing, practicality), calculating your tankwater supply (how much water your roof and tank can give you) and calculating your demand (how much you use).  You may want to flick through and jump to the bits that fit your situation.

    View this online at:
    http://wrrai.co.nz/blogs/whangaparaoa_residents_and_ratepayers_assoc/archive/2012/08/29/excess-wastewater-charges-for-properties-on-water-tanks-and-bore-water.aspx

    Update

    Since the meeting at the Whangaparaoa Hall organised by the Whangaparaoa Ratepayers and Residents Association (WRRA) last month a further public meeting was held at Snells Beach.  Both meetings were well attended with overwhelming support for a fairer, more equitable Wastewater charge for households on water tanks and bores.  And a better, more informed way of arriving at the charge.
    There has been a story on ‘Campbell Live’, reports in the Rodney Times and Local Matters and The New Zealand Herald.  The local newspapers have had a steady flow of concerned letters.  We have received copies of emails sent to Watercare especially in response to the recent Wastewater accounts that people have received.
    We have worked out possible, practical solutions, questioned Watercare and continued to raise your concerns.
    Last week (23rd August) a deputation from Whangaparaoa Ratepayers and Residents Association presented at the Board Meeting of Watercare.  President Winsbury White advocated for lower charges and the option of a water meter as the basis for charging for those homeowners requesting this option.

    Going forward

    Watercare is investigating the issue with the aim of presenting their findings to the Auckland Council for the meeting of the Accountability and Performance Committee on Thursday the 13th September.  We will not know Watercare’s findings until the agenda is out within the week prior.  We will send out further information as soon as this is to hand.  He membership of this committee includes all Councillors and the Mayor.  The agenda item should be available under the Accountability and Performance Committee on the Auckland Council web.  
    http://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/EN/AboutCouncil/meetings_agendas/committees/Pages/home.aspx

    Suggestions for action

    Let Watercare and Auckland Council know your situation.  Advise them when you pay
    Please copy us in to correspondence to Watercare and Auckland Council
    Email us on:  
    contact@wrrai.co.nz
    Depending on the response we get from Watercare we will suggest further action.  Watch for the next email before the Accountability and Finance Meeting
    Look for the Council agenda out prior to the 13th September; it should be on the website over the weekend and the Monday before at the latest.  We will be making a deputation to the meeting on the 13th of September.  This will be at the Auckland Town Hall, 2nd floor reception.  Please advise us if you would like to share transport. Go to:
    http://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/EN/AboutCouncil/meetings_agendas/committees/Pages/home.aspx
    Contact Councillors and Watercare; we will make some suggestions and advise email contacts
    Calculate your Water Supply
    Calculate your Water Demand – work out how much you should be paying for wastewater
    Consider the installation of a meter – especially if you are likely to make significant savings.
    You may want to wait until we know whether Watercare will accept private meters as the basis of reading; this may take a little while yet.
    Help us.  We need volunteers to help people with their calculations, to install meters and we would like to deliver a brochure to all residents on Whangaparaoa.  Please email:  contact@wrrai.co.nz
    Join the Whangaparaoa Ratepayers and Residents Association who are battling this issue.  Cost is $6 single, $10 double.  Post/drop in our letterbox at the entrance to the Whangaparaoa Hall, 717 Whangaparaoa Road
    Wastewater campaign contacts:  Winsbury White 4247554, John Watson 4241034, Wayne Walker 4243121, Greg Sayers 021 2859900

    Summary of points

    The $582 fixed wastewater charge for households on water tanks on bore water is unfair, not equitable, the price is unreasonable and it is not good policy.
    It is economical and practical for many properties to install a water meter on the supply pipe to the household as a basis for charging wastewater.
    The meter is the same as Watercare’s, can be read by Watercare’s contractors, can be more tamper-proof than Watercare’s meter, does not have to be paid or maintained by Watercare and if necessary can be fitted with radio frequency that can be read by Watercare’s meter reading contractors.
    It should be the consumer’s choice to have their wastewater charged on the basis of a water meter.  Commercial consumers can have special treatment; why not households?
    The $582 wastewater charge can be shown to be grossly overcharging for many households with one or more of:
    reduced water supply from small roof area, small tank capacity
    reduced water demand from small household size, water conservation practices, holiday homes, limited occupancy.
    Watercare should have a significantly reduced charge for properties on water tanks.
    Watercare should be actively encouraging households to install water tanks for water conservation, stormwater storage and sustainability that fit with Auckland Council and Watercare policies - rather than penalizing households.

    Meters on water tanks and bores

    Fitting a meter and making it available for Watercare to read and use as the basis for their charge is an obvious option and was put forward at the public meetings with widespread support.
    It may suit your situation, it may not.  Right now the cost of the installation is a risk because we do not know whether Watercare will accept this option.
    On the 23rd May Councillor Wayne Walker had a resolution carried though the Council Strategy and Finance Committee:
    ‘That Auckland Council investigate opportunities for properties on reticulated wastewater but served by water tanks, in areas with volumetric charging of wastewater based on water consumption, to have the opportunity to have their own water meter read as the basis for the volumetric wastewater charge.’
    A practical solution is for Watercare to receive a reading from a meter on the water supply to the house and use this as the basis for the Wastewater charge.  This is what they do for properties on reticulated water.
    The difference is that the meter would be on the property – and probably owned by the household - rather than at the boundary and owned by Watercare.
    The situation is similar to the electricity meter which is inside the property and available to be read, generally by a contractor to the electricity supplier.  Electricity readings (unless read automatically) are not taken manually each month with estimated readings in-between.
    At this stage because we do not know what solution(s) is/are acceptable to Watercare the installation and costs of a meter on your property are your risk.  But we regard it as important to at least trial a number of installations so that we have the ‘proof’ and practical evidence this will work.
    We have negotiated the best prices we can obtain at this stage from the supplier and are making the meters available through the Whangaparaoa Community Trust at cost including GST, with information and support for installation.
    The water meters and the supplier are the same as those used by Watercare for the meters on properties with reticulated water.  The cost however is more because Watercare have a special price based on their large purchases.  If Watercare made the meters available at their cost price there could be a further saving of 25%.

    Where to fit the meter

    There are a number of locations where the meter can be fitted dependent on the situation and preference.
    In most situations houses have a pressure pump in the supply pipe to the house.  The pipe size from the tank (or bore) to the house and pump is likely to be 25mm.
    After the pump the pipe size may drop down to 20mm.
    The pump could be inside the house or outside in some form of shelter or shed.
    Where you choose to fit the meter is dependent on: practicality, access and readability, meter size (and cost) and whether the read is manual or remote (using a radio frequency device, or automatic meter reader, that is added on)
    Fitting the meter outside in a location that is accessible to a meter reader is one choice.  
    This probably means a 25mm meter if on the pipe between the tank and the pump.
    Where possible it may be desirable to fit the meter after the pump (on the downstream side) and still in an accessible situation from outside the house for ease of reading.  This may mean a 20mm meter with a much lower cost for the meter itself and fittings.
    Fitting the meter after the pump also reduces the possibility of the meter blocking because the water is being pushed through under pressure in a fully charged pipe.
    The other choice is to fit the meter after the pump and inside the house in a less accessible location for reading.  This will still offer the possibility of the addition of the radio frequency sender if and when Watercare moves to this.  This is a possible add-on regardless of where the meter is installed; inside or out.
    So you need to work out which location works for you.  You may wish to wait and see what solutions Watercare comes up with before you install a meter.

    Costs and details for meters

    Meters are Elster PSMT (which is the water meter used by Watercare)

    Specs are as follows:
    - 20mm length including tails: 267mm
    - 20mm Diameter: 86mm
    - 25mm length including tails: 311mm
    - 25mm Diameter: 104mm
    Prices as below:
    - 20mm PSMT c/w nut & tail: $96.00 ($110.40 incl gst)
    - 25mm PSMT c/w nut & tail: $236.00 ($271.40 incl gst)
    (If we can purchase at cost through Watercare there could be significant further savings up to 25%)
    - Pulse unit and RF remote reader (additional) : $204.00
    Installation:
    - $80.00 labour per meter (approx) by Meter Services Limited
    - $40.00 to install RF unit at the same time.  This price includes programming remote reader and informing meter reading company of remote reader.
    - Plus fittings
    - Plus travel
    This does not include initial inspection, if required, to find out the type of pipe work.
    Installation of remote reader (retro fit after the meter has been fitted).
    - $40.00 installation
    - $40.00 programming
    - Plus travel
    Plus GST (all the above prices are plus GST)
    Of course you can install the meter yourself or have a plumber or helper do the installation

    Meters are ex stock, however RF units are made to order and are normally 2 - 3 weeks delivery.

    The meters are tamper proof and the installation can be 'tamper proofed' to a degree.  The meter nuts have tags that can have sealing wire threaded through and sealed.
    The RF unit has a 'wire cut' alert if the wires have been tampered with.
    At this stage we have a number of meters we have purchased to supply.
    We are not stocking the RF units ourselves at this stage – but can assist with sourcing to your specification based on an order.
    Initially we are not suggesting that the meters need to be tamper proofed or installed by Meter Services Limited.  If Watercare accept our solution then this would be a recommended option if Watercare consider tamper-proofing is necessary. (But bear in mind that Watercare’s own meters at the boundary are not tamper proof – so why should they expect more from the property owner)
    If you wish to order a meter from us please email:
    contact@wctrust.co.nz
    Leave a phone message on the WRRA/Whangaparaoa Community Trust phone 4248349
    Drop a note to: WRRA, 717 Whangaparaoa Road

    Fair and equitable charging

    We do not believe that in many instances the charge of $582 for Wastewater for a year is fair or accurate for many people on water tanks and bores.
    Households on tank water have to use less water because their supply is limited by rainfall, roof area and tank capacity.  Households on tank water learn to conserve and practice water conservation.
    To be fair Watercare should have based an estimated charge for wastewater on a reduced water consumption pattern for tank/ water than for households on reticulated water supply.
    The situation is made worse when members of the household go on holiday and/or the house is vacant for a time – especially if it is a holiday home.
    Worse still the estimated charge penalizes single person households and households that actively conserve water.
    There is no apparent consideration of encouraging water conservation and sustainability within the fixed charge for wastewater of $582.
    Watercare state in their ‘Auckland Regional Water Demand Management Plan’
    “by law Watercare has to manage its operations efficiently with a view to keeping the overall costs of water supply and wastewater services to its customers at minimum levels’
    “Since Aucklanders pay for water on a metered (volumetric) basis, households and businesses that use water wisely are better off”
    Watercare’s Statement of Corporate Intent (2011) includes:
    Satisfied Customers and Stakeholders:  To provide great service and great value’
    Under metering Watercare note:
    “In the future it may be possible to install smart meters at properties.  Smart meters can communicate directly with Watercare, removing the need to read meters in the street.  Not only will this enable accurate billing on a frequent basis, but it can also be used to identify changes in consumption.”
    And under
    Watercare and Council Controlled Organisations water efficiency programmes
    “It is important that Watercare and the Council Controlled Organisations are seen as being water efficient.  Not only does this reduce water use, but it can also spread positive messages about water conservation”  
    Watercare is taking a different approach to commercial water users and negotiating special cases for reduced wastewater charges where these can be proven (for example Coca Cola where much of the water goes into the soft drinks rather than ending up as wastewater)
    Watercare should be adopting a different and special approach to households on tank water/bore water supply where they have proven reduced amount of wastewater based on proven reduced water consumption.

    Some people have pointed out to us that the Consumer Guarantees Act and the Fair Trading Act are relevant to the issue
    The Consumer Guarantees Act covers Services

    Services

    Service providers guarantee their services will be:

    - Performed with reasonable care and skill.
    - Fit for the particular purpose they were supplied for.
    - Completed within a reasonable time.
    - A reasonable price, if no price or pricing formula has been previously agreed.

    The Fair Trading Act 1986 protects you against being misled or treated unfairly by traders or shops.
    The Act prohibits what is called "misleading or deceptive conduct, false representations and unfair practices". It also sets out when information about certain products must be disclosed to consumers, and helps ensure products are safe.
    The Act applies to everyone in trade. As well as traders and shops, the Act covers government agencies and state-owned enterprises. Most of the Act does not cover private sales.

    $582 Wastewater charge is unjustified

    It is difficult to see how the amount of $582 can be justified for many households on tank water
    If we make the reasonable assumption that an average roof is about 100 square meters, and use ARC's (Auckland Regional Council) value of 1100mm (1.1 metres) annual rainfall on the peninsula (http://www.arc.govt.nz/albany/fms/main/Documents/Plans/Technical%20publications/151-200/TP%20171%20-%20Auckland%20Water%20Quantity%20Statement%202002%20part%201.pdf), that puts an average of 110,000 liters in our tank for a (100 square metre roof) each year – assuming the tank does not overflow

    If we then apply the Watercare calculation which multiples the water by 78.5% (for deducting water on the garden etc that does not go down the wastewater pipes), we get 86,350 litres.
    86,350 x $2.281 per 1,000 litres (Volumetric charge for wastewater) = $196.96
    Plus the Fixed annual charge of $190 (everybody pays this)
    Gives a total of $190 + $196.96 = $386.96
    Of course this assumes that all the rainfall off the roof is being captured over the entire year and that it is all being used (or 78.5% of it)
    This is not the case because over the winter months a significant proportion of rain water overflows.
    You can use the above base figures to estimate what your possible consumption might be.

    You own supply calculation

    1. Work out the roof area.  This will be the length of the roof x the width.  It may be that you need to add a number of areas together if your roof is not rectangular.  It is the flat area of the roof that you are after as if you were looking down on the roof from above.  The pitch of the roof is not relevant.

    1. Multiply the area by the rainfall.  This is 1.1 metres for the whole year
    2. This gives you the maximum supply (for a 100 square metre roof this is 110 cubic metres)
    3. 78.5% x the maximum supply = the estimated wastewater amount

    1. Maximum supply x $2.281 per 1,000 litres (Volumetric charge for wastewater) = $wastewater charge

    Data below are mean monthly values for the 1971-2000 period for locations having at least 5 complete years of data
    LOCATION

    JAN

    FEB

    MAR

    APR

    MAY

    JUN

    JUL

    AUG

    SEP

    OCT

    NOV

    DEC

    YEAR

    AUCKLAND

    75

    65

    94

    105

    103

    139

    146

    121

    116

    91

    93

    91

    1240



    We suggest that for many households much of the rainfall over winter goes to waste.  It is consumption that determines the wastewater usage rather than supply
    We will be publishing the consumption figures from households with meters installed

    Estimates of consumption can be arrived at by adding up:

    Toilet use (a dual modern dual flush uses 6 litres full, 3 litres half)
    Shower use (use a bucket under the shower head to calculate volume per minute and then multiply up)
    Bath use (calculate the bath volume)
    Tap use (use a bucket under the tap to calculate volume per minute, and multiply up)
    Washing machine use (the instructions for the machine should indicate use dependent on cycle setting, alternatively measure the volume coming out, or contact the supplier)
    Dishwasher (the instructions for the machine should indicate use dependent on cycle setting, alternatively measure the volume coming out, or contact the supplier)

    Properties affected

    Here are the estimated number of properties affected (from Watercare). We believe there are more properties than this in other parts of the region.
    “These are the figures that we are currently aware of.”
    There are 8,276 domestic customers charged only the fixed wastewater charge.
    Former LNONumber of Accounts
    Manukau

    2351

    Rodney

    5762

    Franklin

    118

    North Shore

    45

    Total

    8276



    Here are some relevant articles to look at:
    http://wsud.melbournewater.com.au/content/treatment_measures/rain_water_tanks.asp
    http://library.melbournewater.com.au/content/wsud/sustainable_urban_design/Rainwater_Tanks.pdf
    http://www.hollandbpw.com/SiteCollectionDocuments/Water/Water%20Meters%20101.pdf
    http://www.fwrj.com/techarticles/0811%20tech1.pdf
  • Latest Newsletter

    ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

    Thursday 30th April, 7.00 pm, Whangaparaoa Hall This year’s AGM will follow the usual format* with agenda items timed so that after the AGM is concluded there is a maximum of time available for important local issues. These include: the proposed sell-off of Council owned Hibiscus Coast property assets, the proposal to end the Hibiscus Coast as a separate financial district within the RDC, the Hammerhead at Gulf Harbour, proposed 5-storey shop and apartment development at the Manly Village Shops, Transport issues including the Busway, Penlink and Whangaparaoa Road, what happens to the Hibiscus Coast if Rodney is absorbed within a greater Auckland. * Format for AGM: apologies, approval of last year’s minutes & matters arising, presidents, treasurers and Whangaparaoa Community Trust reps reports, election of new committee and announcement of result, followed by close of AGM and light refreshments prior to meeting over important local issues. The voting qualification for the AGM is membership 30 days prior to the AGM. There will be a list of members qualified to vote at the meeting. Nominations for committee must be received 7 days prior to AGM (by Wednesday 22nd April. Nominations must be signed by member nominated, proposer and seconder; all must be financial members. Send/put nominations in the Whangaparaoa Hall letterbox, 717 Whangaparaoa Road. Please also advise if there are any items requiring discussion in advance. Please come to the AGM, we need your support and assistance. If you need transport phone Angie on 4281430 Proposed 5-storey shop and apartment development at the Manly Village Shops The WRRA continues to play an active role in securing a development that ‘fits’ with the Manly Village. At this stage the matter is still going to the Environment Court with mediation between the parties coming up sometime soon. We will keep you posted. Proposed sell-off of important Hibiscus Coast Property owned by the Council. The new Chief Exec of the RDC has made no secret of proposals to sell off Council owned property. However Hibiscus Coast property has been bought and paid for by Hibiscus Coast ratepayers. We have borne the pain of high rates and it is HBC ratepayers that should enjoy the gain of properties sold. The Hibiscus Coast desperately needs capital to fund important requirements such as: Park & Ride at Silverdale, widening Whangaparaoa Road between Red Beach Road/HBC Highway, possible Learners’ Swimming Pool at Leisure Centre, Top of the Plaza improvements (canopy shelter & paving), Plaza lights/intersection improvements, more playing fields & reserves – especially Whangaparaoa, breakwater for Hammerhead at Gulf Harbour… the list goes on. All these projects have been needed for some years now. Penlink, Whangaparaoa Road, Whangaparaoa Plaza lights, Silverdale Park & Ride, HBC Rates All these significant items are closely related. For years now the Council has put off traffic improvements throughout the Hibiscus Coast to try and make a better case for Penlink. In consequence residents – especially those on Whangaparaoa have suffered unnecessary (arguably deliberate) traffic congestion. All manner of vital projects have suffered as money, resources and staff time have continued to be channeled into Penlink. Councillors have acted with little, if any, written information supporting the project – the community have even less to go on. Isn’t it time Council came clean on traffic numbers and financial information supporting (or not) Penlink, and alternatives available? The Rodney District Council is no longer in a position to maintain the secrecy it has to date. Why: developers will challenge financial contributions they pay for Penlink, receiving Regional roading subsidies will come under increasing public scrutiny, a changed Auckland local government situation will demand all projects meet higher levels of accountability – something Penlink has lacked so far. Save the Hammerhead at Gulf Harbour Following the largely successful decision by the High Court the developer has appealed the decision and we understand the Council is seeking costs from the court case. But the Hammerhead saga is likely to drag on until the Council uses the Public Works Act. This would enable much quicker and less difficult resolution of the matter. So far this issue has largely been conducted in confidence by the Council – the community is not being asked or given the opportunity to express its opinion. Watch out for a public meeting soon. Long Term Plan out for submissions soon The Council’s Long Term Plan will be out for public submissions from early April through early May. This plan covers rate increases & projects over the next 10 years. This year WRRA will take be especially active making the community aware of what’s in store and what the options are – so you can make an informed submission Community and Environment Centre at the Whangaparaoa Hall This important WRRA/Whangaparaoa Community Trust project mentioned in previous newsletters is still on track. A room at the front entrance of the Whangaparaoa Hall is largely ready and the equipment required is nearly complete. We look forward to opening within the next three months Subscriptions. These are $6 per single and $10 a double. Please attach your name and address and send/drop off to WRRA, 717 Whangaparaoa Road. The local papers have published a number of news stories and letters concerning the funding and sponsorship of candidates in the recent local body elections. The sums of money were considerable and no doubt had a significant bearing on the election. With huge gains to be made in Rodney from zoning changes and developments that require the approval of Council it is of very real concern that Councillors and the Mayor should not be subjected to undue influence by individuals or companies that stand to gain, especially financially. Just who the ‘Comm. For Good Governance’ is that financially supported a number of Hibiscus Coast candidates, some apparently exclusively, has not been disclosed. In the interests of good governance you would expect that this information should be made public. Community and Environment Centre at the Whangaparaoa Hall A considerable amount of work has gone into preparing a room at the front entrance of the Whangaparaoa Hall for a local Community and Environment Centre. This will be a local resource and information centre for groups and societies on the Hibiscus Coast, local issues and information exchange; putting people in touch with each other with similar interests, promoting membership and participation of local groups and generally enhancing the social fabric of the community. Local groups are encouraged to feed in information about their activities. A filing system and displays are available. A computer with internet access, photocopier, TV with video playing capability are planned. We are looking for a computer to be donated (we already have a monitor). A ‘free fruit exchange’ is planned so that people with excess fruit can bring it in for others to pick up. Displays will also be run on composting, growing native trees suitable for the area, community policing (soon to start on Whangaparaoa) and other community and environmental initiatives. Help is needed to kick-start a volunteer roster. It is proposed to have the Community and Environment Centre open weekdays from 10am to 2 pm initially. If you can help in any way please contact Wayne Walker on 424 3121, email: wayne@waynewalker.co.nz, or drop a note into the letterbox at the Whangaparaoa Hall

  • AGM Whangaparaoa Ratepayers Hall Thursday 30th April 7pm

    See the attached file for the current finance statement for 2008/9

    After the AGM there will be a ratepayers meeting to discuss any current issues. 

    ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – Thursday 30th April, 7.00 pm, Whangaparaoa Hall

    This year’s AGM will follow the usual format* with agenda items timed so that after the AGM is concluded there is a maximum of time available for important local issues.

    These include:  the proposed sell-off of Council owned Hibiscus Coast property assets, the proposal to end the Hibiscus Coast as a separate financial district within the RDC, the Hammerhead at Gulf Harbour, proposed 5-storey shop and apartment development at the Manly Village Shops, Transport issues including the Busway, Penlink and Whangaparaoa Road, what happens to the Hibiscus Coast if Rodney is absorbed within a greater Auckland.

    *  Format for AGM:  apologies, approval of last year’s minutes & matters arising, presidents, treasurers and Whangaparaoa Community Trust reps reports, election of new committee and announcement of result, followed by close of AGM and light refreshments prior to meeting over important local issues.

     

    The voting qualification for the AGM is membership 30 days prior to the AGM.  There will be a list of members qualified to vote at the meeting.  Nominations for committee must be received 7 days prior to AGM (by Wednesday 22nd April.  Nominations must be signed by member nominated, proposer and seconder; all must be financial members.  Send/put nominations in the Whangaparaoa Hall letterbox, 717 Whangaparaoa Road.  Please also advise if there are any items requiring discussion in advance.  Please come to the AGM, we need your support and assistance.  If you need transport phone Angie on 4281430

     

    Proposed 5-storey shop and apartment development at the Manly Village Shops

    The WRRA continues to play an active role in securing a development that ‘fits’ with the Manly Village.  At this stage the matter is still going to the Environment Court with mediation between the parties coming up sometime soon.  We will keep you posted.

     

    Proposed sell-off of important Hibiscus Coast Property owned by the Council.

    The new Chief Exec of the RDC has made no secret of proposals to sell off Council owned property.  However Hibiscus Coast property has been bought and paid for by Hibiscus Coast ratepayers.  We have borne the pain of high rates and it is HBC ratepayers that should enjoy the gain of properties sold.  The Hibiscus Coast desperately needs capital to fund important requirements such as:  Park & Ride at Silverdale, widening Whangaparaoa Road between Red Beach Road/HBC Highway, possible Learners’ Swimming Pool at Leisure Centre, Top of the Plaza improvements (canopy shelter & paving), Plaza lights/intersection improvements, more playing fields & reserves – especially Whangaparaoa, breakwater for Hammerhead at Gulf Harbour… the list goes on.  All these projects have been needed for some years now.

     

    Penlink, Whangaparaoa Road, Whangaparaoa Plaza lights, Silverdale Park & Ride, HBC Rates

    All these significant items are closely related.  For years now the Council has put off traffic improvements throughout the Hibiscus Coast to try and make a better case for Penlink.  In consequence residents – especially those on Whangaparaoa have suffered unnecessary (arguably deliberate) traffic congestion.  All manner of vital projects have suffered as money, resources and staff time have continued to be channeled into Penlink.  Councillors have acted with little, if any, written information supporting the project –  the community have even less to go on.  Isn’t it time Council came clean on traffic numbers and financial information supporting (or not) Penlink, and alternatives available?  The Rodney District Council is no longer in a position to maintain the secrecy it has to date.  Why:  developers will challenge financial contributions they pay for Penlink, receiving Regional roading subsidies will come under increasing public scrutiny, a changed Auckland local government situation will demand all projects meet higher levels of accountability – something Penlink has lacked so far.

     

    Save the Hammerhead at Gulf Harbour

    Following the largely successful decision by the High Court the developer has appealed the decision and we understand the Council is seeking costs from the court case.  But the Hammerhead saga is likely to drag on until the Council uses the Public Works Act.  This would enable much quicker and less difficult resolution of the matter.  So far this issue has largely been conducted in confidence by the Council – the community is not being asked or given the opportunity to express its opinion.  Watch out for a public meeting soon.

     

    Long Term Plan out for submissions soon

    The Council’s Long Term Plan will be out for public submissions from early April through early May.  This plan covers rate increases & projects over the next 10 years.  This year WRRA will take be especially active making the community aware of what’s in store and what the options are – so you can make an informed submission

     

    Community and Environment Centre at the Whangaparaoa Hall

    This important WRRA/Whangaparaoa Community Trust project mentioned in previous newsletters is still on track.  A room at the front entrance of the Whangaparaoa Hall is largely ready and the equipment required is nearly complete.  We look forward to opening within the next three months

     

    Subscriptions.  These are $6 per single and $10 a double.  Please attach your name and address and send/drop off to WRRA, 717 Whangaparaoa Road.

     


     

     

    The local papers have published a number of news stories and letters concerning the funding and sponsorship of candidates in the recent local body elections.  The sums of money were considerable and no doubt had a significant bearing on the election.  With huge gains to be made in Rodney from zoning changes and developments that require the approval of Council it is of very real concern that Councillors and the Mayor should not be subjected to undue influence by individuals or companies that stand to gain, especially financially.  Just who the ‘Comm. For Good Governance’ is that financially supported a number of Hibiscus Coast candidates, some apparently exclusively, has not been disclosed.  In the interests of good governance you would expect that this information should be made public.

     

    Community and Environment Centre at the Whangaparaoa Hall

    A considerable amount of work has gone into preparing a room at the front entrance of the Whangaparaoa Hall for a local Community and Environment Centre.  This will be a local resource and information centre for groups and societies on the Hibiscus Coast, local issues and information exchange; putting people in touch with each other with similar interests, promoting membership and participation of local groups and generally enhancing the social fabric of the community.

    Local groups are encouraged to feed in information about their activities.  A filing system and displays are available.  A computer with internet access, photocopier, TV with video playing capability are planned.  We are looking for a computer to be donated (we already have a monitor).

    A ‘free fruit exchange’ is planned so that people with excess fruit can bring it in for others to pick up.  Displays will also be run on composting, growing native trees suitable for the area, community policing (soon to start on Whangaparaoa) and other community and environmental initiatives.

    Help is needed to kick-start a volunteer roster.  It is proposed to have the Community and Environment Centre open weekdays from 10am to 2 pm initially.  If you can help in any way please contact Wayne Walker on 424 3121, email:  wayne@waynewalker.co.nz, or drop a note into the letterbox at the Whangaparaoa Hall