Projects sought for 3 waters


Under Three Waters Reform, the Waikato District Council is open to applications for projects that deliver new and better systems for water supply, storm and waste water.

The Waikato has been allocated $7.88 million by the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) in the first tranche of a national $2.5 billion package to support territorial authorities to transition to a new water services delivery system.

Applications are invited from anyone across the Waikato who has a project or initiative that meets the DIA criteria to:

  • support communities to transition to a sustainable and low-emissions economy, including building resilience to climate change and natural hazards;
  • deliver infrastructure and/or services that:
  • 1. enable housing development and growth, with a focus on brownfield and infill development opportunities where those are available, 
  • 2. support local place-making and improvements in community well-being.

Applications for the Waikato District’s Better Off Funding are open to Friday, August 19.

More information and application forms can be found on the council website.

The council formed a separate assessment panel which will provide a recommendation to the council on which projects/initiatives should be submitted to the DIA.

Based on the assessment panel recommendations, the council will submit a final recommendation to the DIA, but ultimately all application outcomes will be decided by the DIA.

The council will administer the funds on behalf of the DIA to successful projects.

One thought on “Projects sought for 3 waters

  • July 25, 2022 at 11:26 am

    I did not realise that the Waikato District Council has sold out to the govt. As a rate payer I do not support 3 Waters and no one else I have spoke to supports this either. By accepting the $7.88 million it seems this council has sold out to the government with no consultation with its electorates. At least other councils are prepared to fight for their right to not join the 3 waters debacle. The DIA are not giving this money away for nothing. Everything has a cost. Unfortunately the cost will be control of our water supply including governance around collecting water whether you are on tank, bore or town supply. The only groups to benefit from this funding will be developers not the people who actually live in this community


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