Opposition to permanent chlorination of our water

Lake Hawea (Sept 2016) Photo: Nikki Heath

Hawea Stand for Pure Water is encouraging residents to make submissions to voice their opposition to the council’s intention to introduce permanent chlorination into Hawea’s water supply.

The proposal is included in this year’s Draft Annual Plan, which has been adopted by the Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) ahead of a month-long consultation period. QLDC chief executive Mike Theelen said that $500,000 had been allocated in the 2017-2018 budget to chlorinate the water supplies for Arrowtown, Arthur’s Point, Glenorchy, Hawea and Luggate on a permanent basis.

“The proposal would provide a uniform standard of water treatment for all the Council’s supplies across the district. Wanaka and Queenstown’s water supplies are already chlorinated. Providing budget for chlorination does not pre-determine the outcome of the consultation; it simply ensures that the funds are available to chlorinate if that is what the council decides following consultation.”

The Arrowtown and Hawea supplies were chlorinated on a temporary basis over the summer, following advice from Public Health South.

That temporary chlorination will come to an end on March 31 in line with the commitment the council gave last year. A summary of the Draft Annual Plan will be delivered to all ratepayers.

A spokesperson for Hawea Stand for Pure said, “no-one actually feels like they have been consulted and we encourage people to read the Draft Annual Plan and make a submission and attend the consultation meetings. We intend to fight permanent chlorination.”

In January the group launched a petition on Toko to be delivered to the QLDC. The petition already has over 300 signatures.

Consultation meetings will be held in the Luggate Hall on April 10 from 5pm to 6.30pm and Hawea Community Hall on April 20 from 5pm to 6.30pm.

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Consultation ends on April 28.


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