The Commission asked Mott MacDonald to undertake a scoping study on the three waters in Wellington. The aim was to provide advice on whether there are grounds for a detailed review of the current three waters arrangements, given that Wellington Water was only relatively recently established.
The Commission agrees with the consultants’ report that Wellington Water has delivered good gains in water services and more time is needed for the model to mature before considering any major changes. The Commission has provided the report to the councils in the Wellington region, and to Wellington Water, asking them to consider the report’s recommendations for improving water services in the region and to take appropriate action. The Commission will be monitoring the councils’ response to the water report and remains open to considering changes to water services.