Aquifers low, dry sum­mer pre­dicted

Otago Daily Times - - REGIONS - STAFF RE­PORTER

SOUTHLANDERS are be­ing en­cour­aged to pre­pare for an­other sum­mer of wa­ter short­ages.

En­vi­ron­ment South­land is­sued the warn­ing this week, with low wa­ter lev­els and a pre­dicted dry sum­mer both causes for con­cern.

Di­rec­tor of sci­ence and in­for­ma­tion Gra­ham Se­vicke­Jones said the re­gion re­ceived good amounts of rain over win­ter and spring, but not all un­der­ground aquifers had bounced back.

Aquifers typ­i­cally recharged over win­ter but the past two years had been un­usu­ally dry, he said.

The Eden­dale aquifer is at its low­est recorded level for this time of year.

Ac­cord­ing to Niwa’s long­term fore­cast, South­land is ex­pected to have less rain than usual over sum­mer.

Mr Se­vicke­Jones rec­om­mended Southlanders ‘‘make prepa­ra­tions now’’.

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