So far 113 households on Whangaparaoa Peninsula have signed up to Watercare’s low flow ‘town to tank’ connection offer.
The option enables peninsula residents on tank water to hook up to a low flow mains supply so they can refill their tanks if necessary, without having to bring in water from a commercial tanker.
It was designed to make homes on rainwater tanks more drought-resilient, and came about after lobbying by local councillors.
The low flow ‘town to tank’ connection costs $2449.50 and is a trial, for Whangaparaoa residents only.
People will be billed based on meter readings. The cost of the meter, $1553.65, makes up most of the $2449.50 charge.
Fixed and volumetric charges also apply. The volumetric charge means it will cost $34.50 for 10,000 litres. On top is a fixed charge of $141.45 per annum, paid in monthly instalments, as well as the initial $2449.50 outlay.
An earlybird offer of $2000 for the connection expires on December 24.