Five properties will be added to the Lake Hayes water scheme,
after the Queenstown Lakes District Council's utilities
committee approved an extension to the scheme.
Roy Thompson had applied to get his property, along with four
others, at Alec Robins Rd connected to the scheme that
services the settlements along the lakefront and the Lake
Hayes Estate area.
In November, Mr Thompson told the committee the existing
water supply to the five properties, drawn from Hayes Creek,
often became green and smelly during the summer months
because of an algal bloom in Lake Hayes.
"It had become quite a desperate situation, as our water is
often unsafe to drink in summer, and we had no alternative as
we cannot bore for water at this location," Mr Thompson told
the Queenstown Times.
"I am very relieved the committee has listened to our
request," he said.
Council three waters manager Gerry Essenberg told the
committee the water scheme had a capacity of about 940
connections, and about 600 properties were connected.
He said the scheme had recently been upgraded and could now
supply more water than in previous years.
"The pipes put in for these properties will also be able to
accommodate further future users, if necessary," he said.
The applicant will have to cover the cost of the extension of
The five new connections will have a restriction of a maximum
of 2.1cu m of water per property per day, which Mr Thompson
said was adequate.
While Mr Essenberg said any new connections would not put
undue strain on the water supply, council engineers were
monitoring water use at Lake Hayes and had noticed a sudden
increase in the past week.
The council had contacted Lake Hayes residents asking them to