We’ve launched an online survey to help us gauge what’s important to people when it comes to the delivery and management of our drinking water, wastewater and stormwater services – the ‘three waters’.

As you may know, the Government recently announced a proposal to change the way our water services are provided across the country. At the moment, these services are mostly provided by local councils, including Christchurch City Council.

The proposed changes would remove responsibility for providing three waters services from 67 councils nationwide and place it under four independent water entities, which are expected to be set up by 2024. One of those entities would cover 21 South Island councils, including Christchurch.

We’ re currently involved in an eight-week engagement period with the Government until the end of September, to better understand the implications of reform for the Council and for our residents.

This is a time set aside for councils to ask questions about the reform proposal and to provide feedback to the Government. As part of the feedback we provide as a council, we also want to provide early feedback from our community.

The survey takes 5-10 minutes to complete and we’d love to hear what you think. We’d also be grateful if you could forward this survey on to your networks and encourage others to give their feedback.

This is only the start of a public conversation ‒ we’re planning other opportunities in the future for residents to have their say. For more information about water reform, please visit our website.