Wa­ter se­cu­rity

Nelson Mail - - COMMENT&OPINION -

Paul MacLen­nan’s let­ter of April 6 con­tained mul­ti­ple mis-state­ments about the Waimea Com­mu­nity Dam that de­serve cor­rec­tion.

The Waimea Wa­ter project team is com­prised of two full­time equiv­a­lent staff. A team of con­trac­tors and de­sign­ers with around 100 years of col­lec­tive ex­pe­ri­ence build­ing dams in New Zealand and abroad are now de­vel­op­ing the de­tailed tech­ni­cal re­quire­ments and plans to con­struct the dam. The cost for these per­son­nel is in­cluded in the $75.9M bud­get made pub­lic more than a year ago. An­nual op­er­at­ing costs have been pub­licly es­ti­mated at $1.4-$1.5M and this has not changed. Mul­ti­ple wa­ter engi­neers and a former Par­lia­men­tary Com­mis­sioner for the En­vi­ron­ment all agree that from a sci­en­tific and eco­nomic per­spec­tive there is good ev­i­dence sup­port­ing the ‘aquifer recharge’ so­lu­tion that uses na­ture’s in­fra­struc­ture to pro­vide wa­ter to our com­mu­nity.

WIL has con­firmed that com­mit­ments from landown­ers ex­ceed 3000 shares and it now has a to­tal of $38.6M for the project. The Gov­ern­ment has re-con­firmed its fi­nan­cial com­mit­ment to the project. The DOC land pur­chase con­ver­sa­tion is on­go­ing.

The Waimea Com­mu­nity Dam project con­tin­ues to meet its ob­jec­tives and all in­volved con­tinue work­ing to se­cure wa­ter for our re­gion’s fu­ture.

Hope­fully TDCwill see the ben­e­fit of some of them as shore­line pro­tec­tion thereby re­liev­ing Nel­so­ni­ans of any more grotesque ed­i­fices. How­ever, if we are to be af­flicted with the tacky ones may I sug­gest that they be used in Salt­wa­ter Creek to re­strain the now sad and ne­glected met­al­work that is sus­pended across the ditch.

In fair­ness, some of the items on of­fer are ac­cept­able but as they all ap­pear to have reached their useby date, and don’t fit in with ‘‘sig­nif­i­cant mod­ernising’’ of the air­port’’, we are left ask­ing the ques­tion - what artis­tic merit is

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