Three Waters Reform Proposals
The Government is considering how best to regulate and deliver the country's three water services - drinking water, wastewater and stormwater.
The Government's preference is to create four new regional water entities which would replace the 3 Waters work of 67 councils currently managing these services. The exact size, shape and design of these entities is still being worked on.
The Department of Internal Affairs released a map (below) in June 2021 showing the proposed boundaries of the four entities, proposing that Marlborough could, potentially, be split along iwi boundary lines and included in both water entity C and D.
Central/Local Government Three Waters Reform Programme
The Government expects that councils will consult the public later this year on the proposals and the Council is keen to have a full public discussion. Council has made no decisions yet and is also analysing new, more detailed information from the Government as it is provided.
In June 2021, Government released four reports as part of the evidence base to support proposed reforms. They follow the initial analysis from the Water Industry Commission for Scotland (WICS) which was released last December. The reports are part of the evidence base for reform at a national level and don’t speak to implications for individual councils.
These reports include:
You can find out more about the background to these reports on the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) website: