Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme
The Hawke's Bay Regional Council is seeking advice from its investment company HBRIC Ltd on the merits, or otherwise of further investment in the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme.
The decision follows the Surpeme Court devision on the Department of Conservation land swap, which is required for the Scheme to go ahead.
The scheme is a long-term sustainable water supply solution for Central Hawke’s Bay. It would consist of a 93 million m³ storage reservoir located in the upper Makaroro river, storing water during periods of high flow and over winter. Water from the scheme would then be released improving river flows in the Tukituki Catchment through summer for river life and other river users, while at the same time providing secure water to irrigators. The scheme was to be funded by both the public and private sector.
Here as some useful infographics about the scheme: