Dam could be key to water woes
A Central Otago dam could solve the Manuherikia’s water woes.
About 30 people attended a public meeting hosted by the Otago Chamber of Commerce on Thursday to discuss the Otago Regional Council’s water plan changes. People fired questions at the ORC’s Fraser McRae - many of whom raised the idea of using Falls Dam to provide water for all users.
McRae said the council was implementing water quantity plan changes across the region, including the setting of minimum flows.
Graye Shattky asked why ORC was pursuing naturalised flows as the basis for measurement to set minimum flows in the river, when the river was controlled.
‘‘Why aren’t we basing science and potential allocations of that water on the flow as we see it coming from Falls Dam and its storage? The process is to do with the naturalised flow but I don’t see the relevance of that. Falls Dam was built with public money.’’
John Breen said the entire community had interests in water and the only way to achieve harmony and get result was through the dam.
Retired University of Otago professor John Knight.