The recently launched 30 Year New Zealand Infrastructure Plan details a new project to develop data standards for water infrastructure.
The plan was developed by the National Infrastructure Unit of Treasury and launched by Minister of Finance Bill English at the recent NZ Council for Infrastructure Development conference in Christchurch.
The project, to be led by Land Information New Zealand, is aimed at developing a consistent methodology for collecting and recording information on matters such as the condition of 3 Waters pipelines.
This will allow easy comparisons to be made between territorial and city councils on the condition of their pipeline assets, allow benchmarking between councils, better analysis of data and greater visibility on the infrastructure renewals facing councils – and of course associated costs.
The ultimate objective is to provide councils with tools that will allow for better long-term investment decisions. Buried pipeline assets owned by councils are currently estimated to be worth $45 billion.
This article was first published in the September 2015 issue of NZ Local Government Magazine.