Re­gional coun­cil en­ters talks to buy land for stor­age lakes

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By JIM CHIPP

Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil has agreed to ne­go­ti­ate with AgRe­search to buy more than 200 hectares of land near Te Marua for pos­si­ble fu­ture stor­age lakes.

The coun­cil’s water sup­ply, parks and re­serves man­ager Mur- ray Kennedy told coun­cil­lors that ter­ri­to­rial au­thor­i­ties’ ef­forts to stop leaks and res­i­dents’ economies of water use had less­ened de­mand for water to the ex­tent that a new dam might not be needed for an­other two decades, if at all.

In­stead, small in­cre­ments of buf­fer stor­age ca­pac­ity in the form of new lakes would be suf­fi­cient, and would also spread costs over a longer pe­riod of time, over more gen­er­a­tions of ratepay­ers, Mr Kennedy said.

The ex­ist­ing Stu­art Ma­caskill lakes have a com­bined ca­pac­ity of 3200 mil­lion litres.

Coun­cil chair­woman Fran Wilde said buy­ing the land would al­low the op­tion of build­ing a sin­gle 5000 mil­lion litre lake at the west­ern end as well as two smaller lakes, with a com­bined ca­pac­ity of 3000 mil­lion litres, at the east­ern end.

The smaller lakes would cost a to­tal of $56 mil­lion and the sin­gle large lake would cost $ 120m in­clud­ing $30m to en­large the Te Marua treat­ment plant.

Con­struc­tion of the first of the smaller lakes was likely to need to be­gin about 2019 and would prob­a­bly meet de­mand through to 2031.

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