NZ Council: Pro-Greywater
Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on July 15th, 2009
The Kapiti Coast District Council has become the first New Zealand local government body to regulate for the use of greywater to solve a serious water shortage.
The Kapiti district is about an hour’s drive from the national capital, Wellington and has around 46,000 ratepayers. However this number is predicted to grow by more than 50 percent in the next 40 years, further straining the district’s limited water supply.
Steven Roberts, Managing Director of local firm Watersmart says that during Kapiti’s dry summers, local residents pour up to ten million litres of drinking-quality water a day on their gardens.
“This simply doesn’t make sense and is definitely not sustainable. To date trying to educate and incentivise people to adopt water conservation measures has had limited success so making greywater systems compulsory will bring benefits to the whole community.”
Mayor of Kapiti, Jenny Rowan, who herself has a greywater irrigation system installed at her home, said the regulations were a first for New Zealand. “Water quality and supply is the number one concern in our district. We are sending a clear signal the Council is serious about conserving and managing drinking-water supplies. “This is all part of our long term programme which recognises the need to reduce demand for water arising because of new development and to develop conservation packages,” Mayor Rowan said.
Read the council press-release here.