Water storage and use project

Despite relatively high average annual rainfall overall in Northland, a lack of storage means much of this water can’t be harvested for use at other times, including summer and during droughts in the Kaipara and/or mid-North areas.

The Water Storage and Use Project is currently tasked with investigating the pre-feasibility of developing one or more community-based reservoirs in the mid-North and/or Kaipara districts. Having a secure source of water will enable local landowners to develop their land, which in turn, will provide wider benefits to these communities and the Northland economy. In May 2019, the project received additional funding of $18.5M from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) to help further investigate and, if feasible, begin construction of water storage options.

Northland strategic irrigation infrastructure study and scoping of scheme options for Northland.
Background information about the water storage and use project.
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