Council rebuffs water saving suggestion
In my last Viewpiont (HM June 17), I wrote about the idea of ratepayers being able to install a water tank (or a second tank), upgrade or replace their waterpump and have the cost of this added as a low interest loan to their rates. I still believe it's a great idea, and one that I received a lot of positive feedback on after Viewpoint was published.
Unfortunately the response back from those in ‘the know' at council was that council is not in the position of being able to lend money and people would have to ask their bank for a loan.
Many people won't go to their banks – especially if they are on town supply but wish to install a tank to ‘do their bit' for the environment by storing rainwater – but would pay extra in their rates if it was offered. My view is that provided the ratepayer is paying at least the same interest rate as the council is, our council wouldn't be any worse off financially and ultimately it would help ensure the future of our water resources.
Local board member Victoria Short has also been approached by people in the Bays (North Shore) with the same questions, so it's not only Coasties who are wanting this – it's ratepayers from all areas in our local board. I fail to see how an idea so simple and so effective could be snuffed out before it is fully explored. I wasn't asking for the wheel to be reinvented, as this process had all been done years before, when ratepayers were encouraged to have town supply connected.