Three Waters Reform
In July 2020, the Government launched the Three Waters Reform Programme, a three-year programme to reform the water, wastewater and stormwater service delivery arrangements.
The intention is to reform these services currently largely provided by local councils into a small number of multi-regional entities. The exact size, shape and design of these entities is still being worked through.
It is however clear that the intent is to move the responsibility and management of these activities away from councils.
There may be an option for councils to “opt out” of some elements of these reforms. This will however come at the cost of missing out on financial incentives and against the backdrop of tightened requirements.
We’re expecting the Government to make further announcements on this in mid-2021, with any outcomes being phased in over time and being separate from council’s Long Term Plan.
Learn more about the Three Waters Reform Programme on the Department of Internal Affairs website.