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Water power in Christchurch

Christchurch City – Taking abuse of low-income families to a new level

By John Minto -June 5, 202072772 Share

Most of us are used to councils coming up with proposals to shift the cost of council services onto the poor but today’s water charging proposal from Christchurch City Council takes abuse of people on low incomes to another level. It’s unbelievable. 

The council proposes to allocate water on the basis of the value of the rates paid by property owners. Using above that allocation you will have to pay. This means wealthy residents will get higher allocations of water before they have to pay extra than low-income families living in lower value houses.

“The council’s head of three waters and waste, Helen Beaumont, said a home priced at $500,000 has an allocation of 800 to 900 litres per day, whereas a $1 million dollar home gets about 1700 litres.”

Watering gardens in flash suburbs will be subsidised by large families in low income areas.

Getting “user-pays” policies for water in Christchurch has been a cherished desire for neo-liberals. They have tried several times in recent years but the irony is that each time it has been defeated by residents in wealthier suburbs who use a lot of water to irrigate their gardens and who would be stuck with high water bills.TDB Recommends

This new proposal is designed to get around the opposition from the wealthy by giving them extra allocations of water and loading the costs of the policy onto large low-income families.

Published by peter petterson

Father of four, grandfather of thirteen, and great-grandfather of eight. Resides in Taita, Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand. Living happily in retirement and enjoying the company of my many young descendants.

3 thoughts on “Water power in Christchurch

  1. I hope this doesn’t; come to the UK….We are experiencing the beginnings of a drought, married with the fact that so many more people are at home than normal…water companies are getting nervous…despite the incredible flooding we had over the winter. May your weekend be a good one. X


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