During the 2019-2020 dry season, Auckland Council and Watercare sent milk tankers to provide fill ups for water carriers.
Watercare will increase its charges to water carriers to fill up at its stations.
The price of 10,000 litres will rise from $16 to $45. Watercare stakeholder liaison Brent Evans advised water carriers last month that the new prices would come into effect in March 2021 after the summer season. Mr Evans says the new charges will cover “operational and infrastructure growth costs”.
“It means our existing customers will not be unduly subsidising rural and coastal communities that benefit from this service,” he says.
Watercare will open three new tanker filling stations, in Albany, Huapai and Orewa.