Lanes Dam level under investigation

Council staff are investigating a significant drop in water levels at a popular Alexandra picnic spot.

The Central Otago District Council's recently released January-March quarterly report said the water levels at Lanes Dam, on Bridge Hill, had fallen dramatically over the summer and it continued to be difficult to maintain the water levels.

The report said it could be due to irrigation, as the dam is fed from Aronui Dam via a water race and Aronui Dam was fed from an irrigation race as part of an irrigation scheme fed from Butchers Dam.

``The volume of water from the irrigation race can fluctuate over the irrigation season, which can compound the issues at Lanes Dam.''

The council parks team would investigate the rapid loss of water.

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