Board member outlines water concerns

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By Toni Williams

Concerns have been raised over the water supply, storage and sewerage systems for Methven.

The issue was raised by Methven Community Board member Ron Smith (right) after discussing a boil-water notice which was issued on June 1 following heavy rain in the area.

Mr Smith said if there was more storage it would allow the water a chance to clear to stop any issues.

There is definitely not enough storage in Methven for the growth in the town and to take it into the future, he said.

He said the water shortage notices issued over summer reinforced the need for more storage.

We can’t just sit here and wait and then say this should have been done 10 years ago.

Board chair Dan McLaughlin said $1.2m had been allocated in the Long Term Community Plan for Methven water supply. It included provision for cycle renewal, but it was unclear if there was any for upgrades. Requests for clarification to service manager Neil McCann had not yet been received.

Peter Reveley, at the meeting, said that under New Zealand’s Three Waters Policy filtering water was going to get more expensive over time, so all options needed to be looked at now.