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na­tional short­age of ag­gre­gates. Right now, Hast­ings com­pa­nies are truck­ing shin­gle from CHB to Napier to meet de­mand.

The shin­gle that set­tles in the top of the dam over time will be a valu­able source of in­come.

Wa­ter sales from the dam through wa­ter bot­tling would take the pres­sure off the Here­taunga aquifer. It is quite pos­si­ble that the sale of fresh clean wa­ter from the Makaroro dam could in time dwarf all other in­come from the dam.

This would re­quire some peo­ple to ac­cept that sell­ing wa­ter is not a sin. Yet an­other chal­lenge.

The Here­taunga plains is fac­ing wa­ter short­age that will only get worse.

The dam could sup­ply wa­ter to our north­ern neigh­bours by ab­strac­tion from the Tuk­i­tuki near Have­lock North, or by run­ning a pipe­line from O¯ tane to Pakipaki.

One hun­dred and 10 mil­lion cu­bic me­tres of wa­ter is way more than we need in CHB at present.

But 110 cu me­tres would eas­ily be soaked up by our­selves and our neigh­bours com­bined.

Rais­ing $80 mil­lion for the scheme is a daunt­ing prospect but to put it in per­spec­tive, a coastal sheep sta­tion re­cently sold for $14 mil­lion.

Se­cure wa­ter sup­plies for our chil­dren and grand­chil­dren is well worth the price of five and a quar­ter pas­toral farms, even if they are all close to the beach.

■ The views ex­pressed in this ar­ti­cle are those of Tim Gil­bert­son and not nec­es­sar­ily those of the other di­rec­tors of Wa­ter Hold­ings CHB.

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