Kapiti Observer : December 1st 2011
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Our Team: Charlotte, Craig, Wei Wei and James Craig Metcalfe and the team are now in Paraparaumu 3840255AC Denture Care Services Ltd Call for appointments on 297 2939 Also in Levin Call 0508 336 887 for Levin appointments firstname.lastname@example.org 3840255AC Water meters needed as part of solution Why are so many people against water meters? What is the alternative? To build a huge dam that will only last 50 years...that s still going to be in my lifetime -- and that of my children s -- then we will yet again be searching for a solution. Building bigger dams is only a stopgap measure, not a long-term solution while the majority of Kapiti residents are not water conscious. I know of a handful of people who are water savvy and have a timer in their shower so they never go over five minutes; have buckets to collect the cold water before the shower heats up (then use that on their gardens). But what s the point when their neighbours are washing their cars every weekend; using a hose to wash leaves off their driveway; having baths every night; water- blast and leave the taps running while brushing teeth. You only have to live in Australia for a year to learn what real water saving is about. Kiwis have never had to be that water savvy. If set up right, water meters do not have to mean more expenses for households -- there can be a free base amount of water that every household gets. The main thing is that water meters stay private -- as our council is ensuring it does -- as there is a big difference between private and publicly owned when it comes to costs for householders. Please council do what you know is right for the long-term health and wellbeing of Kapiti and install water meters. Wendy Jasper Raumati South Fixing leaks a start to conservation Congratulations to the Kapiti Coast District Council for finally clearing the way for a dam site, but what a pity the mayor (Letters, November 24) is still pushing water meters as a conservation method . This takes no account of the substantial savings the council says it is going to make by fixing the massive water leaks in its own supply system. An Official Information Act request last August disclosed that two billion litres of treated water are being lost each year -- that s 25 per cent of all the water produced at an annual loss to ratepayers of $2 million. In late September the council acknowledged that this is too much and announced it would save 30pc of that water by putting more effort into plugging leaks. That would mean a saving of 600 million litres a year but, unlike all the one-sided publicity about the merits of water meters, there has been no further information of how this will be achieved or within what timeframe. More particularly, the council has not disclosed, perhaps deliberately, what a saving of 30pc in water leaks would have on its justification for water meters. Another Official Information Act request has disclosed that since March the council has spent almost $10,000 of ratepayer money on promoting water meters in its Kapiti Updates in the weekly newspapers. Chris Turver Te Horo Fear of metering 'cash cow' Mayor Jenny Rowan s complaint that I had misrepresented the water metering situation in Nelson is appreciated as some kind of a response, even if it was a negative one, and sneering in tone (Letters, November 21). I, and many others, have tried long and hard to shake out the truth on this matter from the stonewalling and spin doctoring of Kapiti Coast District Council. The chief executive, Pat Dougherty, also, under pressure, finally published a carefully- crafted summary of his role in the implementation of water metering in Nelson. Although he says he was a third tier manager there at the time, I am sure he could, and should, have given ratepayers an early, full and frank account of his experience, warts and all. From what we have gleaned so far, many Nelsonians have not been happy with the result. The big fear our ratepayers have, is that once implemented, water metering will just be another cash cow to be milked at will, with all the benefits accruing to the council and its successors. Given council debt, the temptation could well be irresistible. Tim Abbott Waikanae No study of flooding risk New facts have emerged about the Kapiti expressway that were not known to residents at the time they opted for the sandhills route. In 2009 the cost of the road was estimated at $380-500 million, subsequently increased to an indicative $550 million. Now sources report that the detailed designs have been costed at $750 million. This substantially reduces the already low economic return on the project. Costs could go higher still because of mitigation work likely to be required. Secondly, work done by geo- technical engineers of Waikanae on One found that considerable amounts of water drain underground through the gravels from the hills to the sea beneath Waikanae. As the expressway s embankment will require deep foundations, and considerable ground compaction work, this is likely to hinder the underground flows, thereby creating an enhanced risk of flooding and ponding on its eastern side. It appears no serious study has been undertaken, or will be undertaken, to improve our understanding of this effect. Thirdly, the height of the interchange at Te Moana Road has been raised from seven to nine metres above the existing road (well above the height of the existing power poles). This means the interchange would become the highest structure in the town, and with an embankment width equal to that of a rugby field at its base. On top of this there would be light standards of around 11 metres in height. Traffic noise and the lights at night would be broadcast to residents living in a wide swathe on both sides of the road. Michael Pickford Waikanae Expressway funds should go to Chch A brief perusal of daily vehicle counts on the present State Highway 1 through Kapiti over the past 10 years provides a very poor platform for the argument that we need an expressway through the heart of Kapiti. Counts supplied by NZ Transport Agency and Transit show minimal growth even in a time of a building boom in Kapiti. From north of Waikanae in 2002, 20,000 vehicles; 2005, 21,000; 2008 21,000 vehicles. The site south of Coastlands provided similar slow growth 2002, 23,000 vehicles; 2006, 22,000 vehicles; 2009, 24,000 daily vehicle movements. A four-lane highway to fix a twice daily minor traffic delay is a serious waste of money that would be much better spent on the Christchurch rebuild. As Kiwis we pride ourselves in helping others [so] why don t we as a community stand up and say we have less need, please give the funds to Christchurch . This makes economic and moral sense. Jan Nisbet Paekakariki Jobs would stop expressway The property owners who are screaming the loudest against the expressway are the very people who have already ripped the guts out of the Kapiti Coast. It s these people whose rampant property speculation led to the construction of the property subdivisions that destroyed the semi-rural environment of the Kapiti Coast; elected successive governments whose policies destroyed most of the businesses between Palmerston North and Wellington, thus forcing people to commute daily from as far north as Palmerston North to work in Wellington, and whose old school tie networks have all but shut everyone out of the few local jobs still left. The expressway would not be needed if people didn t have to commute to work. That is what the anti-expressway campaigners ultimately fail to comprehend. If they want to stop the expressway all they need to do is to create the jobs needed to enable tens of thousands of commuters to work locally. Miles Lacey Paraparaumu Beach Join us online, kapitiobserver.co.nz, facebook.com/kapitiobserver Car fails to stop A car ploughed into the back of queued traffic north of Otaki on Sunday after the driver failed to stop. Sergeant Noel Bigwood said the 33-year-old Palmerston North man was driving south when he failed to stop and slammed into a stationary vehicle, pushing it into another vehicle. The man would be charged for failing to stop short. Canes to visit The Hurricanes Super 15 rugby team will visit the Horowhenua- Kapiti province next week. The team will be at the Levin Domain on Thursday December 8, 11.30am to 2pm. Photos and autographs, 1.30pm to 2pm.
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