Nelson Tasman water advisory group Water Futures is conducting an online survey to find out more about residents’ views and concerns around water issues in our region.
“It’s vital that the region’s councils and the Government continue to improve their understanding about people’s views and level of knowledge around water,” Water Futures’ chair Morgan Williams says.
Williams, a local resident and former Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, says decision makers need to know people’s specific concerns when it comes to water, especially around risks associated with the changing climate, the robustness of the water infrastructure and threats to water quality.
“The more local councils and Central Government understand residents’ views about water issues, the better they can improve their policies and management of this precious resource,” he says, adding, “this will be especially needed in light of the Government’s declaration of a climate emergency in New Zealand and recent drought situations in the Nelson Tasman region.”
Water Futures is an independent group of Nelson Tasman residents whose goal is to contribute to thoughtful consideration and decisions about water-related issues in the region.
The survey is available on: www.surveymonkey.com/r/ourwater.
Anyone who owns or rents a home or business, or lives anywhere in the Nelson Tasman region, and is either connected to a metered supply, a fixed charge low pressure scheme, or supplies their own water from a well, stream or rainwater is encouraged to complete the survey.
Family members are all invited to share their views by taking the survey.
(As an added incentive, those who complete the survey go into a draw for one of two $50 prezzy cards).
The survey will close at the end of January and results will be made public on the group’s website, as well as being presented directly to local and national government by Water Futures.