Mayor Phil Goff told this month’s Environment and Community Committee that Council needs a more comprehensive approach to improving Auckland’s water quality.
“While wastewater overflows into our harbours go back more than a century, the current state of Auckland’s water is no longer acceptable,” Mr Goff said.
“Upgrading and building our water infrastructure is a top priority for this council and the council group for the next decade.”
Committee chair, Cr Penny Hulse, is leading a programme to develop a coordinated approach for water.
It will look at drinking water, wastewater, estuarine and marine environments, stormwater, natural waterbodies and groundwater and aquifers; and the policy, infrastructure and investment, regulatory requirements, community involvement and research required to manage this.
“We’re stepping up to reinforce a smarter, bolder and more integrated approach to delivering water outcomes for Aucklanders into the future,” she said.