Consultation time on Alexandra Water


​3 March 2014

The community is now invited to give feedback on the Alexandra Water Supply Upgrade options.

Several years of work have gone into investigating options for the Alexandra Water Supply Upgrade and have really come down to two options: bringing the existing site up to drinking water standards at an estimated cost of $8.5 million or establishing a new Clutha River or Lake Dunstan water source, with an estimated cost in the range of $11.5-$14.5 million.

The consultation period will run for four weeks, from 3 March to 4 April. All those ratepayers who are rated as connected or serviceable for the Alexandra Water Supply should keep an eye on their letterboxes for a consultation summary document and submission form being mailed out this week.

Others within the district who are interested in giving feedback can pick up a copy of the statement of proposal and submission form from any Council office or service centre, request one on email from or download one online from our website.

The community is being asked to give feedback on their experience of water quality-related problems for their household; their views on the risks associated with the current supply; their views on the upgrade options and their preferred Council action.

Chair of the Three Waters Infrastructure Committee Stephen Battrick said this was “arguably one of the most important decisions our community will make” and encouraged everyone to take an interest and give their feedback.

“Water quality is the foremost issue of concern for a large majority of our residents and we as your elected representatives must know your views. Be informed then have your say.”

Mid-way through the consultation on Saturday 15 March Central Otago District Council Water Services staff and Councillors will be outside Alexandra New World to discuss the issues with and answer any questions from the local community on the outlined options, and encourage people to have their say on this big issue for the town.

Community and business groups are also welcome to get in touch if they wish to invite councillors and/or staff to attend a meeting during the consultation period in March to discuss the options and answer questions.

In the lead-up to this consultation Council has been trying to build up awareness in the community around the issues through website and hard copy information, Facebook posts and a YouTube video on the topic, which has had more than 600 views.

Submissions can be made by post, email, delivered to a Council service centre, or online at:

Submissions must be received no later than 5pm, Friday 4 April 2014.

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