Rotorua Wastewater Services Operations - Statement of Proposal

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Statement of proposal - Establishing a stable, reliable and safe network

This conversation is about the day-to-day operations of our wastewater services. We need to talk to you about the operation of our wastewater services in the face of the risks and challenges including the environmental and financial risks.

This conversation is about the management of our wastewater services only. It is about the stewardship of a $400m service network and the future provisions that ensure we have a stable, reliable and safe wastewater service.

Please do not confuse this with the conversation on the Rotorua wastewater treatment plant upgrade and the treated wastewater release point option. This is a separate conversation and is on hold while we await a decision from the Environment Court.

Our key aim is to ensure that we have stable, reliable and safe wastewater services now and in the years ahead.

Stable means the condition of the critical part of the network does not deteriorate.

Reliable means the reliability of the service and that no unforeseen shock events disrupt the service for users.

Safe means that shock events do not cause unreasonable safety risks to our communities.

The proposal can be likened to car insurance. We currently have 'third party' but we actually need to have full coverage. We need to ensure we have the right cover to protect the network and ensure operations are managed to a level that is stable, reliable and safe. And we need a level of protection that will not cripple the district in the event of a major shock event.

Please let us know your thoughts on this proposal and get behind the stable, safe, reliable and cost-effective operation of our wastewater services.

We need your thoughts by:

This conversation is about the day-to-day operations of our wastewater services. We need to talk to you about the operation of our wastewater services in the face of the risks and challenges including the environmental and financial risks.

This conversation is about the management of our wastewater services only. It is about the stewardship of a $400m service network and the future provisions that ensure we have a stable, reliable and safe wastewater service.

Please do not confuse this with the conversation on the Rotorua wastewater treatment plant upgrade and the treated wastewater release point option. This is a separate conversation and is on hold while we await a decision from the Environment Court.

Our key aim is to ensure that we have stable, reliable and safe wastewater services now and in the years ahead.

Stable means the condition of the critical part of the network does not deteriorate.

Reliable means the reliability of the service and that no unforeseen shock events disrupt the service for users.

Safe means that shock events do not cause unreasonable safety risks to our communities.

The proposal can be likened to car insurance. We currently have 'third party' but we actually need to have full coverage. We need to ensure we have the right cover to protect the network and ensure operations are managed to a level that is stable, reliable and safe. And we need a level of protection that will not cripple the district in the event of a major shock event.

Please let us know your thoughts on this proposal and get behind the stable, safe, reliable and cost-effective operation of our wastewater services.

We need your thoughts by:

Following a lengthy review of the wastewater services there is a much better understanding of the service issues, emerging challenges and how the service can be delivered more effectively. This work has resulted in the Council preparing the Statement of Proposal found here

A two-year competitive procurement process identified a preferred service provider. Council proposes to enter into a contract with Trility (a consortium comprising Trility, Fulton Hogan and Stantec) for the provision of wastewater services across the district.

The Statement of Proposal discusses a number of options for the future of the service, including our preferred option to enter into a 10-year service delivery contract with an external provider; this is compared with the only viable alternative option in which we could continue to deliver the wastewater services based on current practice, but with optimisations to mitigate some of the current challenges and risks.

Please post your questions on the Statement of Proposal below - it is a complex and important topic. We'll endeavour to provide you with a timely answer to your question.

Wastewater Statement of Proposal - Questions and answers

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    How is this document (or documents) made available to tax/ratepayers to assist them in making a thoughtful and reasoned submission? " Following a lengthy review of the waste water services there is a much better understanding of the service issues, emerging challenges and how the service can be delivered more effectively." The information available on the RDC website is uninformative, really, useless.

    what? asked 1 day ago

    Thanks for being the first to ask a question! We have embarked on a campaign to inform our community about this important conversation and you can expect to see more activity on this in the coming weeks. The discussion on this topic is not new and was first broached with the community a year ago in the last Annual Plan (More info here and past discussion here). 

    As it mentions on the web page the proposal has taken a two-year competitive procurement process and identified a preferred service provider, hence, there is a lot of detail sitting behind the higher level information on the website. You can read the full statement of proposal that has been made available to the public here or watch the Council presentation on the statement of proposal (starts approx 12min mark).

    We are happy to answer any questions you may have about the proposal and hope that others will understand better by being able to see the answers to those questions. Hope to hear from you soon.