De­ci­sion on sup­ply needed

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS - By BAR­BARA WITHING­TON

RAEWYN OF­FI­CER is re­luc­tant to take even a sip of the wa­ter at the Lake Roxburgh Vil­lage.

Hav­ing lived there for the past eight years, she knows what it is like to have to boil wa­ter ev­ery time there has been a sig­nif­i­cant rain­fall to muddy the wa­ter from the lake.

The wa­ter tanker is al­most a per­ma­nent fea­ture of the vil­lage, pro­vid­ing drink­ing wa­ter to al­le­vi­ate the sit­u­a­tion.

Sev­eral ideas are on the books to take ad­van­tage of the Min­istry of Health sub­sidy for wa­ter sup­ply, but time is run­ning out.

Meet­ings to­day at 4pm and 6.30pm in the Roxburgh Me­mo­rial Hall will al­low coun­cil staff to an­swer ques­tions be­fore peo­ple put in their sub­mis­sions, which must be in to coun­cil by Novem­ber 17.

Whether the coun­cil chooses to up­grade just the Lake Roxburgh sup­ply or the Roxburgh and Lake Roxburgh sup­ply, the op­tions are not cheap, but with­out the $385,588 al­ready promised from the Min­istry of Health it be­comes al­most im­pos­si­ble for an area whose res­i­dents are more in the re­tired and fixed in­come range.

While the coun­cil has ideas, they would wel­come sug­ges­tions from those who are di­rectly af­fected be­fore any de­ci­sion is made.

Cau­tious: Raewyn Of­fi­cer is re­luc­tant to drink wa­ter from the Lake Roxburgh sup­ply.

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