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Council issues water restrictions for Luggate

Posted at 6:00am Thursday 23 Jan, 2020 | By Ollie Blyth journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz

Last week the Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) issued a water restriction notice to the residents of Luggate, prohibiting use of sprinklers, irrigation, and outdoor watering systems. The restrictions will remain in place until further notice, but for now residents have been warned that frivolous use of water could end up forcing a boil water notice upon the township.

On a Facebook comment under the QLDC's post about the restrictions, Tracey Morrow expressed concerned at council's management of water in Luggate, “we have had possibly the wettest spring and early summer in a very long time but we've run out of irrigation water? What happened to our irrigation feed from the pond up the hill? Come on QLDC, you've allowed development but you haven't developed water systems to go with it? Typical lack of forward thinking and community protection... paying my rates, using my water.”

QLDC media and channels advisor Jack Barlow said that the wet weather does not feed into the Luggate water supply, “the Luggate water supply is provided via a bore – there is a limit to how much water can be extracted from the bore on a daily basis. As such, rainfall events and weather conditions have no bearing on the supply of water. Occasionally water demand outstrips supply and the reservoirs become depleted. It appears that there were some exceptional demand events last week that resulted in the reservoirs running low.”

Ulrich Glasner, QLDC chief engineer, added that, “with everyone's cooperation, we can avoid reaching critical levels and the potential for a boil water notice.”

A new bore for the Luggate township has been built and the resource consent was issued before Christmas last year. When the bore goes through the final stages of commissioning this week, it should be able to be in use very soon to help bring water levels back to normal. Updates will be posted on the QLDC's Facebook and Twitter pages.



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