Flicker of light for dam
Three men passionate about solving the area’s water shortage purchased the rights to the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme from the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council (HBRC) for $100,000 in July. One of these, Gavin Streeter, said they are eagerly awaiting the outcome of HBRC further analysis of the water system on the Ruataniwha Plains.
“We have purchased all of the consents and feasibility work,” he said.
“Arguably it is worth nothing until we see the state of the reservoir.”
Once the science is known, the three investors which also include CHB farmers Hugh Ritchie and Tim Gilbertson, will make informed decisions based on facts. The three men personally funded the purchase of the consent through their company Water Holdings CHB.
They said that CHB is short of water and Plan Change 6 is ratcheting up the flows in the Tukituki. With the dam stopped, Plan Change 6 should have been revisited, they believe.
“For our dam company there is a real chance to provide a solution. We are looking at a scaleddown version of the dam from its original 90 million cubic metres. Without a land swap we could do 27-35-million cubic metres but we would be hopeful of achieving 50. Storing water is a good idea, and it would enable more apples to be grown in CHB.”