Ashburton District Council is advising Ruapuna and surrounding rural residents their stockwater flows will be reduced between 3 and 19 May 2017 when the Rangitata Diversion Race (RDR) is temporarily shut down for maintenance.
Council expects the flows into the Klondyke stockwater intake to be affected and is encouraging residents who utilise the stockwater race service in that area to be prepared for reduced flows.
"Council will do our best to maintain a satisfactory water supply to all affected residents during the shutdown, but due to the gravity-fed nature of the race, stockwater may have trouble reaching all properties," Open Spaces Manager David Askin says.
Residents can help lessen the effects of the planned closure by having their section of the stockwater race inspected and cleaned before 3 May, installing stockwater drinking bays for cattle, installing new or increased sources of on-property water storage, or moving stock to areas where they have troughed paddocks.
Residents who experience water race problems they cannot manage on their own during the closure are advised to contact Council's water rangers immediately: Dave O'Donnell 027 435 4721, Dean McDougall 027 435 4723, or John Wood 027 431 3552.