Opotiki District Council

Case study for students: Meeting demand for drinking water.
Water source Surface water
Ability to manage supply to meet demand Adequate
Forecasting future demand Forecasting is limited.
The existing supply is sufficient to meet projected demand.
Planning to meet future demand Planning is limited.
Supply strategies are minimal, with little investment in new or upgraded infrastructure. The council has only recently started to focus on making the supply system more efficient.
Demand strategies include universal water metering and charging, and education. The council is developing other conservation strategies, for example, a policy on demand management.
Quality of drinking water Ungraded in 2010.
Compliance with 2007 standards requires upgraded infrastructure (UV treatment).

Water-quality grades: A = completely satisfactory, B = satisfactory, C = marginally satisfactory, D = unsatisfactory, E = unacceptable