tsunami of nitrates coming BUT

Delight at stalling of “feudal” policy of water charging

Keep Our Assets Canterbury (KOA) is delighted the outrageous proposal to charge for excess water use has been stalled at the Christchurch City Council with a split 8 - 8 vote. The proposal was based on water allocations calculated on the value of the property with high-value properties getting a larger allocation of water before excess charges apply.

This is a feudal policy where the wealthy get the biggest share of an essential community service with the cost picked up by the rest of us.

The worst affected by the policy would be large families on low incomes who typically live in lower-value properties. They would receive a lower water allocation, despite their large family size, and would be expected to pay more than anyone else.

Christchurch does not have a water shortage. The problem we face with our water supply is a tsunami of nitrates coming into our water from unsustainable farming practices on the Canterbury Plains.

We hope this is the end of this robber-baron policy proposal.