‘Water smart’ community
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)