May 12, 2020
RMA queue adds to drought threat
Auckland Mayor Phil Goff says the super city needs a change to the Resource Management Act so it can increase the amount of water it draws from the Waikato River.
The council has imposed water use restrictions to deal with the ongoing drought, and it is encouraging people to voluntarily cut down the amount they use.
Mr Goff says Watercare has worked with Waikato-Tainui on issues around taking more river water, and the hold up now is that resource consents have to be processed in the order they come in.
"We’ve been waiting seven years to upgrade and increase the take from the Waikato River and we are still 84th in line for our resource consent to be considered. That's not really good enough," he says.
About 30 per cent of Auckland’s water already comes from the Waikato River and from underground aquifers.
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