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BEING INVOLVED: A lesson for students at Intake Rd on the banks of the Waimakariri River.
Where is water going?
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY stu-
dents were among young people
at a recent two-day hui on water
The event was organised by
Environment Canterbury and
the Christchurch-West Melton
ECan youth engagement team
leader Sian Carvell said much of
the work being done by each of
Canterbury s 10 zone commit-
tees on improving local water
management will benefit our
children and their children .
For this reason it is vital we
get young people involved in the
process now and ensure they
have the information and the
interest to contribute.
Participants visited signifi-
cant sites for water manage-
ment in the region, and heard
from local experts.
Sites included the Wai-
makariri River and Paparoa
Intake at Intake Rd.
There was a session on the
Christchurch-West Melton Zone
(ZIP) and its vision for local
water management. The group
made a formal response to the
ZIP, and representatives plan to
speak at a committee meeting
SELWYN DISTRICT Council has
apologised after the recent water
system failure identified as the prob-
able cause of a recent spate of gastro-
enteritis in Darfield.
Chief executive Paul Davey
expressed concern that residents in
the area were sick, and said there
would be an investigation
"We apologise to anyone who has
become ill resulting from a break-
down in our systems, he said.
You can rest assured we will find
out what happened and address
Mr Davey said the council was
working on its public health risk
management and asset management
We are constantly looking at
ways to ensure and improve water
quality in the 30 water supply
schemes covering our 6600-square
Council views this failure very
seriously and is undertaking both
internal and external peer reviews of
the incident to understand how it
happened and prevent future
He said there were a number of
improvements under way, including
drilling additional wells, reservoir
storage and enhanced water quality
The issue occurred when Darfield s
deep well water supply pump failed.
While the pump was being
repaired, the Darfield water was
coming from the Waimakariri River
through a chlorine-treated supply.
On August 16 unacceptable levels
of E.coli were recorded in Darfield s
Waimakariri River water supply,
shown in test results returned to the
council the next day.
Despite the many levels of com-
munication, some residents did not
hear about the boil water notice in a
timely fashion .
"We are looking at alternative
methods to get the message out as
quickly as possible and to all resid-
ents," Mr Davey said.
Lack of community
input in decisions
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Mr Curtis s statement (August 22)
that water conservation orders are
irrelevant because new policy
statements require communities to
set freshwater objectives and limits
There is no community input.
Most zonal committees under the
Canterbury water management
strategy are comprised of farmers,
irrigation lobbyists and others who
have a vested interest in getting free
water to make a profit.
The time and financial
commitment required to sit as a
volunteer on a zone committee is
well beyond the average Kiwi, so
there is no community
representation on water issues.
The Selwyn-Waihora water zone is
currently over-allocated, which
means there is no more ground
water available for irrigation.
The dairy sector has grabbed all
the available ground and fresh water
so now they want to get rid of WCOs
to further exploit rivers.
It is alarmist and self-serving for
Mr Curtis to say that WCOs will
bankrupt the nation -- of course his
group would say this, they are
making huge profits from the dairy
We need WCOs to protect our
natural resources from lobbyists
whose only aim is to make a profit,
regardless of the long-term effects on
$1b allotted for
COMPLETING consent and
design for stages two and three of
the Christchurch southern motor-
way that stretches into Selwyn is
part of a $1 billion investment in
Canterbury s transport system
during the next three years.
It also includes the four-laning
of State Highway 1 to Rolleston.
The programme was announced
last week by the New Zealand
Land Transport Agency.
NZTA southern regional direc-
tor Jim Harland said that between
$130 million and $180m was
expected to be invested for each of
the next three years in emergency
works in response to earthquake
recovery challenges .
A focus of the programme is the
support of the region s export sec-
tor by progressing the Christ-
church motorway roads of national
significance projects and main-
taining and improving Canter-
bury s strategic freight routes.
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