Three Waters Strategy

3 Waters StrategyThe Sub-Regional Three Waters Strategy sets out how water, wastewater and stormwater will be managed over the next 50 years. It is an important part of the Future Proof growth strategy and encompasses three local council areas - Waikato district, Hamilton city and Waipa district.

With the sub-region's population expected to grow to an estimated 500,000-plus by 2062, planning for future water use is vital. The Sub-Regional Three Waters Strategy covers all council water, wastewater and stormwater services and infrastructure, plus council-owned and operated land drainage schemes.

The strategy has been developed by Future Proof partners Hamilton City Council (HCC), Waipa and Waikato district councils, and Tangata Whenua. 

Strategic issues

 The following nine strategic issues have been identified in the strategy:

  1. Ensuring the protection and improvement of public health and safety, and providing appropriate water sanitary services and hazard management practices.
  2. Meeting future anticipated and planned for growth demands.
  3. Planning for and adapting to climate change.
  4. Ensuring that decisions relating to the three waters are underpinned by best practice, research and knowledge.
  5. Ensuring quality, efficient and sustainable infrastructure.
  6. The need for integration of:
    • relevant council functions
    • inter-council departments
    • the three waters
    • land use and water planning and management.
  7. The availability and allocation of water.
  8. Ensuring that iwi and hapu are involved in the management of three waters and Tangata Whenua values, aspirations and interests are identified and reflected.
  9. Ensuring protection and where possible the enhancement of the natural environment.

Download the Sub-Regional Three Waters Strategy

Action Plan

An Action Plan has been developed, which sets out how the Sub-Regional Three Waters Strategy will be implemented. 

Download the Sub-Regional Three Waters Action Plan