The Queenstown Lakes District Council is opposed to the Otago Regional Council's plan change 6A designed to maintain and improve the quality of water in the province's waterways.
While the Government paints the state of New Zealand freshwater as a crisis, the deadline it has set for meeting water quality has been extended, Otago Regional Cr Michael Deaker says.
High-country farmers believe many of the measures in the Otago Regional Council's proposed plan change 6A designed to maintain and improve water quality will be unworkable in their farming environments.
Common sense must be applied to Otago Regional Council water regulations, farmers say.
Farmers need more time to achieve proposed discharge standards because the significant economic burden of improving water quality is falling on their shoulders alone, an Otago Regional Council hearing panel was told in Balclutha yesterday.
Clutha Mayor Bryan Cadogan says he "will not stand" for one set of standards for rural water quality and another set for urban.
From "draconian" to "giant experiment", both sides of the water quality debate expressed their view of the proposed policies yesterday.
A group of farmers and companies has called for the Otago Regional Council to halt its water quality plan change, saying it is behaving in a "maverick way" and against national and its own regulations.
Holding up a bottle of clear water taken from one of his drains, Taieri farmer Mike Lord has questioned the impacts of proposed changes to Otago's water quality regulations.
Public Health South public health physician Dr Marion Poore does not believe there are significant health risks from drinking Taieri bore water high in manganese.
A new water treatment plant that opened in Palmerston this week will provide top-quality drinking water for 1600 consumers in Palmerston and the surrounding districts.
Some rural residents in North Otago were still having to cope with closed roads and dirty drinking water yesterday because of this week's heavy rain.
The man with the responsibility for delivering core services to Central Otago residents for the past decade says the highlight of his job was being able to do that "without a lot of fuss".
While the water quality at swimming sites around coastal Otago has improved, some recreational spots on rivers still showed signs of bacteria several times during summer.
The findings of a report on water quality in Otago highlight the need for the Otago Regional Council's planned regulation changes, councillors say.
Proposed changes to improve water quality in Otago are likely to have significant impacts on how the Dunedin City Council conducts its operations and manages its resources, council staff say.
The next weapon is being wheeled out in the battle for improved water quality for Alexandra.
A move by Fonterra to improve water quality in lakes, rivers and streams has been welcomed by the Otago Regional Council and Environment Canterbury.
A report by the Auditor-general on freshwater quality management by four regional councils - including Environment Southland - has been described by Federated Farmers as unhelpful and "seriously limited by its own limitations".