Irrigation company plans extensions

The North Otago Irrigation Company is continuing to plan the extension of the scheme.

Work has started on the Paradise Gully extension from the main line at Ngapara, Waitaki District Council chief executive Michael Ross, who is a director of the company, told a council meeting this week.

Work was proceeding on the final pricing of extensions of the scheme in the Enfield-Burnside area.

Meetings had also been held in other areas to discuss further possibilities.

Work had also recently been completed on monitoring pipeline flows.

It was hoped that would identify areas where the company could investigate further sales of water or shares to farmers along the existing infrastructure, Mr Ross said.

Waitaki Mayor Alex Familton said there had been a "semi-drought" in dry areas of the region, which had been relieved to some extent with recent rain.

The North Otago Irrigation Company was pushing ahead optimistically in its approach to sales for the second stage of its scheme and, hopefully, that would materialise soon, he said.

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