Works and Network Utilities
Works and Network Utility Indicators (what we measure)
Council aims to provide effective and environmentally efficient water, stormwater and sewage reticulation and treatment to meet the needs of our communities. Council provides network utilities to houses and businesses within the district.
Works and network utilities provide services essential to our social and economic well being, and to our health and safety. Other utilities in our district include electricity and telecommunications.
While there are positive effects to infrastructure, works and network utilities may potentially have some negative effects on the community and our environment. These are addressed through resource consent conditions that aim to remedy, mitigate and avoid any adverse effects of activities. There could also be negative social, economic and environmental effects if these works and infrastructure services were not provided.
A summary of our situation
The total quantity of water being consumed in Matamata-Piako District has steadily increased since 2010/11, to a peak in 2013/14, after having fluctuated in the four years prior.
Due to generally mild summers and frequent rain there were no major water shortages in the district to 2006 as restrictions are implemented as required, depending on weather conditions. In 2007/08 and 2008/09, due to extremely dry weather, sprinkler bans were instigated for approximately one month over summer during both years. In 2009/10 water restrictions were not required as a result of responsible water use during the dry summer months. In 2010/11 restrictions lasted for three weeks and there were no restrictions in 2011/12. In the three years 2012/13 to 2014/15 there were again water restrictions resulting from drought conditions. The restrictions related to either dwindling raw water sources or short term peak demands during the height of summer. Although a ‘conserve’ water reminder was issued in 2015/16, there have been no water restrictions in the past year.
An upgrade to the Matamata water treatment plant took place in 2008/09 and further plant and water capacity upgrades were completed throughout the entire district in the 2011/12 years.