New Zealand's first environmentally sustainable public "third pipe" scheme, planned to serve thousands of homes with recycled storm water
Rain falling on Stonefields - a redevelopment of a former East Auckland quarry - was to be fed to a storm water retention pond and treated to feed a plumbing network to toilets and garden taps
Sounds a good idea, so the third pipe was built on the new development. But then the local council thieves at Watercare saw a missed opportunity for an income stream from Other People's Money.
despite the network being built at a cost of more than $7.5 million, municipal water supplier Watercare has rejected it on grounds of potential water quality
to protect public health
would not meet New Zealand's drinking water standards
Watercare's A Grade for water supply could be jeopardised
Yes, the spectre of playing jeopardy with public health. I'd also guarantee that the law protects the steady stream of OPM to Watercare. After all, a privately run venture with water sourced elsewhere does not fit charging models.
High time these thieving council jobsworths were dragged from their comfy seats to a short rope on a street lamp.