Board supports study

A feasability study into a water scheme that could provide a new domestic supply for Alexandra and Clyde was supported by the Vincent Community Board yesterday.

The board agreed to give $20,000 towards the Manuherikia Irrigation Co-operative Society's $160,000 feasibility study into a new irrigation and domestic water scheme drawing water from Lake Dunstan.

Last month, the Central Otago District Council decided to give $20,000 towards the study.

The council's business development manager, Jonathan Gadd, said the scheme, which would cover 3000ha, would have district-wide benefits.

Society vice-chairman Gary Kelliher said he hoped the council would be a partner in the initiative.

The scheme would take water from Lake Dunstan and included the existing Manuherikia and Galloway irrigation schemes.

It would have a guaranteed water supply from a reliable source, with substantial storage.

Mr Kelliher said the scheme would relieve pressure on the Manuherikia River and had the potential to provide a new source of domestic water for Alexandra, Clyde and Springvale residents.

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