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Botany and Ormiston Times : Botany and Ormiston Times Thursday July 7 2016
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The Auckland Council CCO (Council- controlled organisation) has released its latest asset management plan setting out how it plans to stay ahead of Auckland’s growing demand for water and waste water services. Chief executive Raveen Jaduram says Watercare’s networks already have capacity to allow 45,000 new houses to connect today. “Over the next 10 years we will expand that to provide capacity for a further 195,000 new homes.” Close to half (46 per cent) of the $4.9b 10-year investment will go towards providing capacity for growth. This includes treatment plant and process upgrades, the construction of new reservoirs, pump stations and pipelines. The rest will be spent on replacing existing assets (44 per cent) and improving the level of service to customers (10 per cent). Watercare’s major strategic projects, Mr Jaduram says, are planned and staged to ensure water and waste water networks continue to have sufficient capacity to meet demand as Auckland’s population increases. “ The Waikato water treatment plant has been built in such a way as to support staged expansions,” he says. “ The plant has already undergone two projects since 2013 to increase its capacity. We are now preparing for further expansions that will enable the plant to meet demand over the next 20 years.” Improving network resilience by maximising the use of existing assets is also a key priority in Watercare’s planning projects. “We are building infrastructure as well as better utilising our existing assets. By doing this we can keep the costs of water supply and waste water services for our customers to a minimum,” Mr Jaduram says. Watercare receives no money from the council and does not pay any dividends. “We are self-funded so almost 70 per cent of our investment will come from our customers and those who create growth.” A key water project is the Hunua 4 Watermain, a 32-kilometre water pipe that will ultimately connect the reservoirs in Redoubt Road, Manukau to those in Khyber Pass, Grafton. The $376 million project provides security of the water supply and allows for Auckland’s population growth. Construction started in 2012 and is expected to be complete in 2020. The pipe diameter varies from 1.6-1.9 metres. Construction of an additional biological nutrient removal facility at the Mangere treatment plant site is also underway. This facility will use the same technology currently employed at the plant to remove nitrogen and phosphorus from the waste water stream, improving the quality of the treated waste water before it is discharged to the environment. The asset management plan is online at www.watercare.co.nz. Watercare chief executive Raveen Jaduram. Photo supplied our homes today Plan for water demand Worries about insurance cover Fewer New Zealanders are confident they have enough insurance cover for their home and contents, according to a new survey. Consumer satisfaction company, Canstar Blue says the survey shows a concerning trend. Over the past four years, to 2016, the number of Kiwis who said they had enough cover dropped from 83 per cent to 72 per cent. The company’s general manager Jose George says in places where property values are high and rising, this number drops even further. “Just 64 per cent of Aucklanders and those from Bay of Plenty are confident they have enough cover. “Home insurance is a must-have for home owners and contents insurance is an essential, regardless of whether you rent or own,” George says. “Having the right amount of insurance cover is important; particularly in the case of substantial or total loss. Review your cover regularly to make sure it accurately reflects your needs and is still up to date.” Ways of managing premiums include opting for a higher excess which can reduce the cost of the insurance, something that 20 per cent of the survey’s respondents did last year. Comparing policies online is another way to ensure the best deal. The survey also showed that Kiwis are taking too many chances with their possessions and security. Many often sleep with their windows open (30 per cent) and just over one in 10 Kiwis (14 per cent) leave windows open when they leave the house. Many burglaries are opportunistic crimes, George says. “Open windows could be just the invitation a burglar needs. Police advise to keep windows secure as burglars often enter through unlocked doors and windows. Less than half (40 per cent) say they protect their homes with a burglar alarm. Only 18 per cent of Otago respondents have an alarm compared with 56 per cent of Aucklanders. Respondents say the theft of their precious memories would hit them hardest, with a third naming their photographs as their most inconvenient loss. This is followed by the loss of a laptop at 28 per cent and a mobile phone at 19 per cent. Interestingly, Kiwis are least worried about their jewellery being taken (12 per cent).
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