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12/04/2017 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday 12 April, 2017
District Council is warning rural Methven residents their stockwater supply may
be unavailable this week as high river levels look set to affect the area’s
river levels from the ongoing rainfall is likely to disrupt the structures that
channel river water into the Pudding Hill, Methven Auxiliary and Bushside
stockwater intakes, and affected residents could be without their stockwater
supply until the beginning of next week.
Assets Manager Andrew Guthrie says residents should be prepared for the
stockwater races to lose flows if the high rainfall continues.
stage, the stockwater intakes are still working, but if the rivers continue to
rise and it starts washing the channelling systems away, there won’t be enough
water entering the stockwater intakes.
happens, Council will start rebuilding these systems as soon as river levels
have dropped sufficiently for work to begin, however this can be a number of
days after the event.”
stockwater intakes are built along river banks to take water out of the river
and direct it down stockwater races. Material in the riverbed is bulldozed to
form shingle banks that channels some of the river water into the stockwater
intakes. Flooding in the river can wash those shingle banks away, leaving the
stockwater intakes unable to adequately draw water.
recommends users reliant on the open race network consider having alternate
water supplies available, should the flooding affect the intakes.