Water

It has become a cliche: water is the biggest issue on the Canterbury Plains – and by extension, in the Waimakariri District.  To give you some idea of the nature of the beast, the following stats might be of interest.

One large dairy farm uses more water than a town the size of Kaiapoi or Rangiora.

The Waimakariri District Council is responsible for 7% of the water use in the District (in its various water scemes and stock water) but supplies 61% of the population.

It is apparent from this that water is very important to our farming community.  It also means that the urban and rural communities are going to see water in very different ways.

Let’s hope that we can keep listening to each other.

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