Forums on the "far-reaching" changes proposed in the way the Otago Regional Council deals with water quality are struggling to attract their target audience - farmers.
Consumers on the Ranfurly and Naseby water schemes will get more water than the Central Otago District Council had recommended they get.
The daily water allocation recommended for residents on drinking-water schemes in Central Otago is enough to run a standard irrigation sprinkler for up to two hours.
The global water industry is providing New Zealand investors with exposure to a growth sector on the financial markets, the executive director of Pathfinder Asset Management, Paul Brownsey, says.
Queenstown Lakes District Council contractor United Water has stopped or postponed all of its "non-essential" operations, maintenance, and renewal works across Queenstown Lakes in a bid to meet its overall council budgets.
Splitting the Waitaki catchment in two under a radical plan to manage water in Canterbury was questioned at a meeting of the Waitaki District Council this week.
Cromwell will be sporting dried-up street verges as residents protest against excess water charges by switching off irrigation water, the Cromwell Community Board was warned this week.
A new way of managing water in the lower Waitaki catchment and Waimate district, giving more control to the local community, could be operating this year under a radical approach being implemented through Environment Canterbury (ECan).