Guilty plea after illegal water take

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1 February 2018

Civil construction company Evergreen Landcare Ltd has been convicted and fined $1800 plus costs for illegally taking water from a Hamilton City Council hydrant.

The prosecution is the second of its kind to be brought by Hamilton City Council, and the Council’s Compliance Manager Trent Fowles says it reflects how seriously the Council takes security of the city’s water supply.

“Businesses and individuals illegally taking water from Hamilton City Council’s network creates potential serious risks for the city’s drinking water, as well as creating risks for fire-fighting if the hydrant or pipe is damaged,” says Mr Fowles.

“Council has invested in purpose-built, dedicated filling points around the city where businesses with permits can legally take water and we have worked with companies in and around the city to educate them about their responsibilities.

Evergreen Landcare has been warned before about illegally taking water. The company has previously held permits allowing it to use the approved water take points, but was again observed drawing water from a hydrant in October last year.

“We have a water supply bylaw to protect our community and we will not hesitate to act if we feel that our city’s supply could be compromised,” Mr Fowles said.

Mr Fowles said he was satisfied with the outcome of the prosecution.

“This kind of action is always a last resort, however maintaining the quality and security of our city’s water supply is paramount. We encourage anyone who sees non-Council vehicles being filled from hydrants to let us know on 07 838 6699.”

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