Information about damage caused by leak

Hugh Davenport made this Official Information request to Wellington City Council

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From: Hugh Davenport

Dear Wellington City Council,

On August 22, 9:11am, I sent a FixIt request to the council about a leak on the corner of Aro St and Ohiro Road. I estimate that it was probably leaking around 250ml in a minute, but this is a rough estimate.

After seeing the council made no action to resolve this leak, I also sent in FixIt requests on August 30, and September 2.

I'm concerned that the negligence of the council has lead to damage to the street due to the lack of action of the council. At a rate of 250ml per minute, after 2 weeks (now), this will have leaked around 5L of water underneath, and on top of the road, and also into the storm water system. I'm concerned that this will be causing erossion issues with water leaking under the road, and a sinkhole could occur (such as https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zeala...) which would cause a lot of remedial work to be done to fix the hole.

The first contact I've had from the council about this was this morning when I was called by Wellington Water (contractor for WCC, subject to s2(6) of the LGOIMA), who said that they were visiting the leak today due it becoming "more severe" overnight. This was 2 weeks after I first reported it.

So, for this request, I would like to know the following:
1. When was this leak first reported to the council. If it was before August 22, then please amend my calculations above.
2. What was the flow rate the council determined for the leak. If this was different from 250ml per minute, then please amend my calculations above.
3. When did the council first perform a site visit for the leak (including contractors), and what was the outcome of that initial site visit.
4. What is the estimated cost of fixing the leak at the time it was first reported
5. What is the estimated cost to the environment of fixing the leak at the time it was first reported. I would imagine that the council have this information due to using a "climate change lens" on everything they do now (https://wellington.govt.nz/your-council/...).
6. What is the total cost spent so far visiting the leak, and fixing the leak?
7. If the leak is still not fixed, then what is the estimated cost of fixing the leak now, ontop of the total cost spent so far.
8. What is the total environmental cost so far from the council visiting the leak and fixing the leak? I note again that the council likely has this information ready due to the use of a "climate change lens" for everything the council does.
9. If the leak is still not fixed, then what is the current flow rate, and what environmental cost will this incur by not fixing the leak?
10. What remedial actions need to take place (such as engineers report to determine erosion damage to the road), and what is the expected cost for such remedial actions?
11. What environmental costs are expected for any remedial actions needed from step 10.

From this response, we can determine whether the council has wasted rate payer funds due to their negligence. This can be determined by taking the costs from 6, 7 and 10, and subtracting the cost from 4. If this is above zero, the council has ended up spending more money due to their negligence. If this is the case, I would like to request the following in addition:

12. What are the councils plans for informing the ratepayers of Wellington that they are misusing the ratepayer funds?
13. What is the council doing to ensure that this wastage of ratepayer funds is not done in the future?

Additionally, from this response we can determine whether the council are indeed taking their declaration of a climate emergency seriously. If we take the costs from 8, 9 and 11, and subtract the cost from 5. If this is above zero, then the council has ended up damaging the environment more than if they chose to fix the leak in a timely manner. If this is the case, I would like to request the following in addition:

14. What are the councils plans to ensure that the "climate change lens" is applied appropriately so that in future there is minimal cost to the environment.
15. What are the councils plans for informing the ratepayers of Wellington that they are failing at applying the "climate change lens" as suggested by the declaration of a climate emergency.

Yours faithfully,

Hugh Davenport

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Wellington City Council

Dear Hugh

Thank you for your email dated 5 September 2019 requesting information.

Our team will manage your request under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 which requires us to respond as soon as possible, but no later than 3 October 2019.

The reference number for your request is IRO-9030.

Please contact us if you have any further questions.

Kind regards

Jessica Hall
Assurance Services Coordinator  | Wellington City Council
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Hugh Davenport left an annotation ()

Actually this was 5000L in 2 weeks

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