Reticulation not needed

LETTER

Last time I was at a Wainui meeting on reticulation, residents were there in force with all sorts of reasons and PowerPoint presentations against it. Why were they not there last week? Because it wasn’t in the plan.

Everyone who is knowledgeable regarding urban planning knows growth doesn’t pay for itself and people who just want to live comfortably in their homes foot the bill. Easy to see today in Gisborne, where we can’t maintain what we have and ratepayers will sacrifice do do what can be done.

A new dam costing $30m to bring more water to the city and to Wainui? Town residents are encouraged to add rainwater tanks. Every square metre of new impermeable surface (roof, driveway, deck, etc.) causes more runoff into the system.

Today’s state-of-the-art on site wastewater systems are preferable to reticulation. Low-interest loans can be arranged for homeowners whose systems have failed and who can’t afford what’s needed.

Some Wainui residents want to split their property and profit. Most just want to enjoy living there.

Growth is costly environmentally and financially. Some Wainui homes may need new state-of-the-art wastewater systems. Most are fine now. Wainui doesn’t need growth-inducing reticulation and ratepayers don’t want to foot the bill.

Sarah Dixon

Last time I was at a Wainui meeting on reticulation, residents were there in force with all sorts of reasons and PowerPoint presentations against it. Why were they not there last week? Because it wasn’t in the plan.

Everyone who is knowledgeable regarding urban planning knows growth doesn’t pay for itself and people who just want to live comfortably in their homes foot the bill. Easy to see today in Gisborne, where we can’t maintain what we have and ratepayers will sacrifice do do what can be done.

A new dam costing $30m to bring more water to the city and to Wainui? Town residents are encouraged to add rainwater tanks. Every square metre of new impermeable surface (roof, driveway, deck, etc.) causes more runoff into the system.

Today’s state-of-the-art on site wastewater systems are preferable to reticulation. Low-interest loans can be arranged for homeowners whose systems have failed and who can’t afford what’s needed.

Some Wainui residents want to split their property and profit. Most just want to enjoy living there.

Growth is costly environmentally and financially. Some Wainui homes may need new state-of-the-art wastewater systems. Most are fine now. Wainui doesn’t need growth-inducing reticulation and ratepayers don’t want to foot the bill.

Sarah Dixon

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