New Zealanders can expect a “few” new treatments to be installed in the country over the coming months.
The Government has promised to provide an “extensive list” of water treatment solutions by the end of 2017.
But the first batch of solutions will be for “water that’s cold”, and will require some work.
The Government is planning to install a “water treatment system for cold and wet areas” in Auckland by the second half of 2018, according to a report by the Government’s water supply advisory committee.
That means Auckland residents who use the city’s main water supply will need to spend $15,000 per year, up from $10,000, to install the system.
It will also require residents to make a number of modifications to their homes, which the Government says could be prohibitively expensive.
“It’s not something that’s going to be easy.
There’s no simple fix,” Auckland Mayor Lianne Dalziel said.
She said she hoped the system would also provide water that is “cold”.
“That means you can be more efficient with your water consumption.
If you’re a person who uses cold water regularly, then it’s not a big deal.
But if you’re not a frequent user, then you need to think about whether or not it’s worth spending $15k a year for that water,” Ms Dalzial said.”
That’s just an estimate.”
The Government says it’s “investing in more effective water treatment systems” in the coming years.
However, Auckland City Council is currently seeking to raise $1.5 million to install water treatment facilities for the first time.
Council chief executive Michael McCurdy said it was a good investment and was important to provide “a level playing field” for water users.
He said the new system would not “reduce the number of water-related complaints” that were filed.
“It won’t reduce the number [of] people who are not paying their water bills, but it will give us a level playing ground to work on things that are very important to our community, including water quality,” Mr McCurdy told the local media.
Water-related water quality complaints have risen by 50 per cent in the past year, according the Auckland City Health Board.
Last year, water was a leading cause of hospitalisation and death in the city.
Auckland’s water and sewerage department says the new systems will cost $20 per month per home.
And the Government has said that there will be no charge for the system installed.
In the meantime, residents can choose from a range of water treatments, including cold and hot.
These options are available from Water New Zealand, New Zealand Water, the Auckland Public Health Association and the Department of Health.