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The Star 21 News • By Tom Doudney MEASURES TO restrict, suspend or revoke water take consents in a catchment which feeds the ailing Selwyn/ Waikirikiri River will be investigated. The river has had record low flows this summer and has dried up along large stretches, including at once popular swimming spots such as Coes Ford. Environment Canterbury will look into two possible options to help address the situation and report back to the Selwyn Waihora Zone Committee. One option is that ECan could • By Tom Doudney FALLING groundwater levels around Selwyn are keeping well drillers and pump installers busy as they have to go deeper for water. Pump technician Mike Taylor said in recent weeks he has had dozens of clients who had needed to put in a new pump or have new wells drilled due to their existing ones drying up. “Southbridge through to issue a temporary water shortage direction allowing it to restrict or suspend taking water from the Irwell, Leeston, Weedons and West Melton seem to be the main areas affected that I’ve come across,” he said. “I had one client over in West Melton where I pulled the pump out and the water level was almost 3m below the pump, so it has dropped quite dramatically.” While wells had dried up in small areas in other years, it was unusual for such a large Latest Christchurch news at www. Selwyn River water consents under investigation Debra Hasson SAD STATE: The Selwyn River has dried up at Coes Ford apart from a couple of algae covered pools. PHOTO: RICHARD COSGROVE ​ catchment feeding the river. Under the RMA, a water shortage direction can be applied when area to be affected, Mr Taylor said. “We’re just having to go a wee bit deeper. If they’ve got a big enough well than we’re able to go to a submersible type pump, otherwise they’ve had to go to new wells.” An Environment Canterbury spokeswoman said wells up to 20m deep, mostly in the Selwyn Waihora zone, were being affected. there is “a serious temporary shortage of water” which could not have been predicted. It would expire after 14 days but could be renewed. ECan chief operating officer Don Rule said this could potentially affect up to 63 consents in an area south of Rolleston, of which about 46 were thought to have a strong connection to the river. It was not known how many of these consents were already on restrictions. The other option which will be looked at is a potential ratepayerfunded review of “at the very least” several hundred water take consents in the vicinity of She said while irrigation contributed to the situation, groundwater levels were very low this summer after three consecutive winters with little rainfall to replenish the aquifers. “Many groundwater takes are on partial restriction and all deep groundwater takes have restrictions on their annual volumes. This has been the situation since November 2015.” District councillor Debra Hasson recently sought answers Thursday March 16 2017 the river, but Mr Rule said this would be a longer process. Such a review would enable ECan to look at whether any consents should be altered or revoked. “The focus would be on surface and shallow ground water takes initially,” Mr Rule said. “Based on my experience, consent reviews would certainly not affect this irrigation season, at best they would apply to next irrigation season and history would say even that might be problematic.” Both options would be open to challenge in the Environment Court. Dry wells lead to new, deeper bores being dug .kiwi from ECan after six shallow wells downstream from Lincoln University’s Ashley Dene farm had gone dry within two months of a new 160m bore on the farm coming into operation. ECan team leader for consents Sam Beaumont said the university had simply transferred an already consented water allocation from one bore, near the corner of Springs Rd and Gerald St, to the new Ashley Dene bore. DEPARTING CHRISTCHURCH - BOOK NOW FOR THE SPECTACULAR Southern Rail Tour 23-29 October 2017 Dunedin Railways presents a seven day guided rail excursion departing from Christchurch taking in Dunedin, Otago Peninsula, Taieri Gorge Railway, Invercargill, Rakiura-Stewart Island and Oamaru. For the itinerary, bookings and more information: P (03) 477-4449 • E reserve@dunedinrailways.co.nz • www.dunedinrailways.co.nz