Wellington city’s biggest infrastructure asset is one that is rarely seen. It lies out of sight, underground. It's more than 2700 kilometres of pipes and tunnels criss-crossing the city – carrying water to the city’s homes, businesses, schools and hospital; or carrying sewage to treatment plants; or stormwater to the sea.
Together, this network and associated assets is valued at around $1.3 billion. Lay all of the pipes end to end and they would reach Sydney.
Managing these assets – and the environmental impacts associated with their use – is one of the biggest areas of Council activity: each year, we spend more than $50 million to operate the city’s water, wastewater and stormwater networks; and invest more than $25 million in new or upgraded assets.
Through better management of these assets, we anticipate that we can make savings on previous forecasts, without compromising service levels.
We will also be focussing new urban growth in areas where existing water & stormwater networks already have enough capacity to deal with added demand.
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