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Selwyn Times: June 14, 2016

Selwyn Times: June 14,

FREE TUESday JUNE 14 2016 379 7100 Selwyn Times Waihora the champion team Proudly locally owned and published by Star Media Award winning publishing group Kea (Nestor Notabilis) Ladbrooks, Tai Tapu, Leeston, Lincoln, Southbridge, Prebbleton, Halswell, Rolleston, Templeton, Burnham, West Melton, Darfield, Arthurs Pass SHOW 1ST-3RD JULY HORNCASTLE ARENA 1 0AM - 5PM The Waihora division 1 rugby team celebrate after winning the Canterbury Country Combined Competition final. Playing against Southbridge, the team took the victory 31-24. •More photos, page 22 Move to change water use charges • By Caitlin Miles POPULATION growth and water conservation are behind a move by the district council to change how they charge townships for water use. By 2019, the majority of townships in the district will pay $200 base rate and be charged at 40 cents per cubic metre of water. Selwyn Times At the 266mm moment, x 90mm parts of Rolleston and new subdivisions pay for their water at this rate. The rest of the district pay $350 and receive 375 cu m of water. If they use more, they pay more. The information was released on the council website recently and is also detailed in The Water Conservation and Demand Management Plan – Working Draft that the district council adopted at the last district council meeting. The moves comes after the Christchurch West Melton Zone Committee looked at introducing water metering in the city as an option for conserving water. In the last financial year, Selwyn had the most rapid population growth in the country at 6.5 per cent. It is projected the population in 2041 will be about 90,000. Armack Drive in Rolleston, Johnson Rd in West Melton, Raven Drive in Springston and urban parts of Darfield, Doyleston, Claremont, and West Melton water supplies will be put on this charging system by next month. Water meters will be installed gradually and most areas put on the volumetric charging system by 2019. Deputy Mayor Sarah Walters said this scheme may help reduce demand on water. “Water metering encourages people to take responsibilty on their own water usage and reduce wastage,” she said. Doyelston Community Committee chairman Jack Pearcy said this will not make the district council very popular with property owners. His area is being put on the scheme by next month – but he did not know it was happening. HAVE YOUR SAY: What do you think about the new charging system for water? Email caitlin.miles@ 16HMDG40918 Ph 03 324 2571 irrigation wells potable water supplies water quality testing ground source heating geotechnical assessment building foundations & retaining walls 120 High St, Southbridge