Residents to be surveyed on summer water needs
Tikokino and Ongaonga residents will be receiving survey forms in their letterbox soon, to help Hawke’s Bay Regional and Central Hawke’s Bay District Councils better understand the community’s water quantity issues.
Some in the community have raised concerns about running out of domestic water in the dry summer months.
Central Hawke’s Bay District Council Mayor Alex Walker says both the regional and district councils want to get a fuller picture of the concerns to help direct the assistance provided by the two councils.
Residents will have until November 30 to complete the survey.
Meanwhile, a community water forum is being organised before Christmas to discuss water management challenges in CHB.
The public information evening is one of the initiatives aimed at providing more information around the issues and possible solutions, at the same time as giving the public an opportunity to ask any questions they may have.
The meeting is being held on Tuesday November 27 from 5-7pm at the Central Hawke’s Bay Municipal Theatre in Waipawa. It will chaired by CHB Regional Councillor Debbie Hewitt and include presentations from regional council science and regulation staff, as well as CHB Mayor Alex Walker, followed by a panel discussion when the public can ask questions.
The specially-formed Tukituki Taskforce Group continues to meet to develop solutions to manage water quantity in CHB in the short, medium and long term.
The regional council also has a scientific programme underway which includes reviewing the groundwater monitoring network to re-develop the Ruataniwha Groundwater Model, investigating managed aquifer recharge and plans for an electromagnetic aerial survey of the aquifer geology.
This will give the regional council the ability to manage the water takes and their impacts with far greater precision and certainty.
The regional council is also awaiting additional science requested from those applying for a piece of the extra 15 million cubic metres of water released by the Board of Inquiry, known as Tranche 2 water.
It is likely the regional council will request those applications are heard through a publicly notified consent hearing.
■ If Tikokino and Ongaonga residents have any questions about the survey they can contact Central Hawke’s Bay District Council by email at [email protected]t.nz
Tikokino farmers Helen and Matthew Powley ran out of farm water in the summer of 2017.