Alexandra, Clyde and Omakau residents will get a greater
allocation of water this year than they first thought, after
the Vincent Community Board took into account opposition to
the planned reduced levels.
After hearing submissions to the Central Otago District
Council's draft annual plan, including several complaints
from Clyde residents about the water allocation, the board
decided to increase the allocations, board chairwoman Clair
The new allocations for the coming year are 554 units for
Alexandra (1512 litres per household per day), 674 for Clyde
(1840 litres a day) and 502 for Omakau (1370 litres) before
excess water fees would be charged. Earlier, the board had
decided on 518 units for Alexandra, 556 for Clyde and 488 for
"People saw the change in allocation from what had been
allowed last year - 749 units for Clyde - as maybe too big of
a jump compared to what was proposed for this year - 556
units, and the board agreed," Ms Higginson said.
"We see it as still reducing the amount of water used and
encouraging the conservation of water, but not in such a
dramatic way. This way people will be more inclined to buy
into what we're doing, " she said.
A workshop held earlier this year for councillors and
community board members to discuss options for metered
charging for all drinking water schemes decided a
district-wide allocation of 365 units a year (1000 litres a
day) for each household was reasonable.
Roxburgh and Cromwell community boards stuck with that
figure, while Maniototo and Vincent chose a higher