Res­i­dents to be sur­veyed on sum­mer wa­ter needs

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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.

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