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Wastewater Plant More Affordable Than Forecast
Published: 05 Oct 2016 - - Author: Mayor / WDC

WDC Media Release

 Wastewater Plant More Affordable Than Forecast

Initial modelling review work on the costs of Whanganui’s new wastewater treatment plant indicate the plant is considerably more affordable than forecasted in the 10-Year Plan 2015-2025.

Whanganui District Council Chief Executive Kym Fell says the ongoing review aims to reduce costs to residential and commercial properties, as well as to the trade waste industries.

“We have been doing a lot of analysis behind the scenes on our financial modelling to see how we can make the plant more affordable for our community,” Mr Fell said.

“The refinement of operating costs, low interest rates and foreign exchange movement has resulted in a more favourable forecast than initially planned.

“Our calculations are made on the basis that all current trade waste users of the scheme will continue to be part of the new scheme as Affco and its associated companies have not formally opted out, leaving us no choice but to include them, in accordance with the Local Government Act.

“Firming up sound trade waste principles will be our focus over the next three months to form the basis of our future discussions with trade waste users.”

The amended financial modelling forecasts an increase of circa $2.38 per week in pan tax compared with the original forecasts of a $4.79 increase. The trade waste charges total circa $2.8M rather than the $4.5M that was proposed in the 10-Year Plan.

“Whilst this is an affordable outcome which meets the needs of our community, the amended figures will still be subject to the Council striking the rates and any change will not take effect until the new treatment plant is up and running.”

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