Below are the answers to questions you may have about the water retrofit service and funding.
Council offers a funding service for residents to purchase and install on-site water supplies for outdoor irrigation.
Once installed the homeowner will pay this back through a targeted rates on their property.
As the legal property owner you can apply to Council for up to $5,000 (including GST) towards an approved rainwater or greywater solution.
Council offers a free Green Gardener consultation to:
Council provides a list of suppliers and installers who can help with greywater or rainwater systems but will not recommend a preferred agent.
Council will visit your property, explain how the funding works and the responsibilities - yours and ours. A copy of the application form is available on our Water Retrofit Service page
The funding is eligible for households on the Kāpiti Coast where the house:
You will repay the original amount paid to the contractors for goods and service.
Council is required to charge GST on all revenue it levies including rates. Council has to pass the GST on the original cost because the service is not for Council. For example for a project costing $5,000, the annual payment is $500 plus GST.
You will not have to repay the interest on the funding assistance.
Council will charge a “targeted rate” on your regular rates bill over ten years. This will be registered on your property Land Information Memorandum (LIM). The outstanding amount will appear on your rates bill around July each year.
The following table can help you to calculate your repayments
|Extra annual cost on your rates bill||$500||$400||$300||$200|
|Council GST||$75 per year||$60 per year||$45 per year||$30 per year|
|Total per year||$575||$460||$345||$230|
|Extra weekly cost on your rates bill||$11.06||$8.85||$6.63||$4.42|
Yes. Please contact the Sustainable Water Use Advisor for more information.
Please contact the Sustainable Water Use Advisor for more information.
No. The full amount is repaid through your rates and this rate stays with your house. You'll be required to inform the purchaser of your property of this targeted rate (this is usually through your solicitor). The rate will be notified on your property's LIM report. You may of course voluntarily repay this rate or negotiate with the purchaser.
Council will not provide funding for:
Within ten working days after the Council receive it.
The interest for this fund will be serviced by Council, so Council wants to ensure that the preferred option is reasonably priced.
Council wants to ensure that the household does not have a current system in place and that the system has been installed as per the contract.
Yes. You must inform Council before the installation starts.