A new water supply for Alexandra is likely after the Vincent Community Board this week decided not to improve the existing borefield site.
An international specialist is warning agricultural expansion could result in a "time bomb" effect and the true extent of water pollution might not be realised for many years.
Otago communities have been urged to get involved in proposed changes by the Otago Regional Council to the way it manages water quality.
The cost of upgrading three East Otago water supplies to meet drinking-water standards has been reduced after the Waitaki District Council awarded a contract for a major component of the work.
The Catlins was a "very special place" and "a special part of Otago", so how could Owaka River water quality be classed as only fair, Otago regional councillor Bryan Scott demanded at a recent committee meeting.
Upgrading nine Central Otago drinking-water schemes to meet Ministry of Health standards will cost more than $2.9 million, but the majority of the towns involved are not "disadvantaged" enough to qualify for capital works subsidies.
Clutha District Council manager district assets Jules Witt says the changes to drinking water standards are unlikely to affect the district.
The Waitaki District Council will have spent more than $21 million upgrading 21 water supplies by 2014, but the largest and most expensive project has already been completed.
Naseby residents are getting steamed up about how often they have to boil their water so it is safe to drink.
The Reidston community is tired of fighting for quality drinking water from a water treatment plant they spent $50,000 upgrading.
Exploratory drills could soon be sunk in Wanaka's lakefront reserve as council engineers search for an alternative water source to address an ongoing algae contamination of the town's water supply.
A small rural community south of Oamaru which invested about $50,000 upgrading its water scheme to new drinking-water standards is now having to boil its water because of contamination.
Dunedin city councillors will be asked to fast-track loans of up to $11.6 million to complete the Tahuna wastewater treatment plant on time, just weeks after Mayor Dave Cull signalled a new drive to save money.
The latest National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research report on the state of our lakes bears disappointing tidings.
Deep-water lake tests to try to find a new source of drinking water for Wanaka residents that is free of problematic invasive algae have been unsuccessful.
Roxburgh and Lake Roxburgh Village residents will next week be able to have their say on whether their towns' water supplies should be upgraded.
Two water treatment systems that might improve the quality of Alexandra's water will be trialled in February 2011.
Farmers should not expect any sudden changes to rules governing fresh water management following last week's report by the Land and Water Forum, according to the Otago Regional Council.
Questions are being asked about the accuracy of spot checks on water quality on farms after a South Otago trial showed variable results.