A draft water management plan for the lower Waitaki River and Waimate district has prompted 22 people to comment on the programme.
Fears over future powers of consumer-elected committees to manage rural water schemes in the Waitaki district prompted a challenge that changes the Waitaki District Council wanted to make were illegal.
Time is running out for people to have their say on a draft water management programme for the lower Waitaki River and the Waimate district.
Another draft water management plan is out for the lower Waitaki River - should we care? David Bruce says we should.
A water management programme for the lower Waitaki River and Waimate district is close to being made public so people can have their say before final decisions are made later this year.
Water supply is one of the coming issues of the age. The importance of securing supply in the most economic and sustainable manner cannot be underestimated.
More water will be able to be taken from North Otago's volcanic aquifer as a result of a recently adopted plan-change proposal.
Environment Ministry suggestions that numerical targets be set for how much water can be taken and targets for water quality are impractical, Otago Regional Council chairman Graeme Martin says.
The Dunedin City Council is to consider allowing more rural properties to connect to its reticulated water network, despite concerns about city planning problems that could be created.
Farmers have been urged to look closely at their water takes before new regulations come into force next year.
Otago Regional Council concerns about the direction of national freshwater management policy have not been allayed by meeting Land and Water Forum chairman Alastair Bisley.
The first of 10 workshops that will help determine Central Otago's water management strategy for the next 20 years is being held at Roxburgh today.
Otago residents will be able to have their say on freshwater management at a public meeting tomorrow.
Otago landowners with water takes in areas difficult to access or where weather is too harsh for electronic equipment will be able to apply for exemptions to new water metering rules.
Owners of large residential sections in Ranfurly and Naseby will have a year's grace from bills for excess water use, in the wake of more debate about the fairness of water metering in Central Otago.
The Otago Regional Council is backing its approach to water management in Otago, saying it is "simpler and more cost-effective" than Government-backed recommendations for fresh water management.
Fears the Waitaki District Council-owned Dunback or other East Otago water schemes could be privatised as part of a proposal to harvest water from the Shag River have been allayed by those directly involved.
A binding public referendum has been proposed as a safety mechanism to allay public concerns over feared privatisation of Dunedin's water.
The Dunedin City Council would need to take on unions over working hours and other conditions if it hoped to keep water services in-house while slashing costs, yesterday's hearing was told.