‘Wa­ter smart’ com­mu­nity

Marlborough Express - The Saturday Express, Marlborough - - FRONT PAGE - ELENA MCPHEE

Ren­wick has made it through the sum­mer with­out wa­ter re­stric­tions as coun­cil warn­ings to con­serve wa­ter sink in.

Af­ter heavy down­pours of rain this week the coun­cil has an­nounced the Wairau Aquifer is in a healthy state, de­spite fears this sum­mer that de­mand might over­whelm the town’s pumps.

‘‘For­tu­nately a warn­ing was all that was re­quired for the in­creas­ingly wa­ter smart com- mu­nity,’’ a coun­cil spokesman said in a state­ment.

Re­stric­tions were not needed in 2016 ei­ther, but they have been nec­es­sary in pre­vi­ous years. A con­tro­ver­sial pro­posal to in­tro­duce wa­ter me­ters to Ren­wick house­holds will be con­sid­ered by the Marl­bor­ough District Coun­cil in May.

Peo­ple would pay a fee pro­por­tion­ate to the amount of wa­ter they used. Mean­while work is get­ting un­der­way soon to test the new wells at Con­ders Bend to see if they are suit­able to be Ren­wick’s new wa­ter source.

In Have­lock, dis­cus­sions with the town­ship’s wa­ter group will be held soon over pos­si­ble op­tions for me­ter­ing.

If the coun­cil does de­cide to go ahead with wa­ter me­ters, the in­stal­la­tion pro­gramme will take ap­prox­i­mately 12 months.

In Sed­don, con­struc­tion of the wa­ter plant which will bring wa­ter up to the New Zealand Drink­ing Wa­ter Stan­dard is ex­pected to start soon.


Ren­wick res­i­dent Budy­ong Hill demon­strates meth­ods of sus­tain­able gar­den­ing. (File photo)

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