Water Quality in Auckland Council Ten-year Budget 2018-2028

December 22nd, 2017

CALL TO ACTION:  – please support the water quality initiatives, and the Water Quality targeted rate during the consultation for the “Auckland Plan” and “10 Year Budget”  28 February- 28 March.  At that time, submissions can be made online at http://www.shapeauckland.co.nz/. We plan to publish a simple draft submission here to help people do this.

Meola Creek near Lyon Ave during downpour  – 14 November 2017, 10.22 am and 10.29am.

What is proposed?

Mayor Phil Goff has outlined specifics of the water quality initiatives planned in the Ten Year budget.  Take a look  here:  See details of the projects on pages 8-9.  Stormwater treatment and separating sewage from stormwater are keys to improving harbour water quality and beaches.  These will be funded by a “regional Water Quality targeted rate” which can only be spent on stormwater. The “ring fenced” nature of this targeted rate is critical as it means it cannot be diverted to other priorities.

What is the problem? 

Above are 2 photos taken 7 minutes apart  showing the speed of sediment (and sewage) laden water  flows through Meola creek to Waitemata Harbour. STEPS has posted several videos and photos of polluted stormwater on this page and on facebook pages including Stop sewage overflows in Auckland. Please like and follow the sewage overflows page to show your support.

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