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Contrasting calls over dry Sth Canterbury water options

There are differing opinions over who should pay for new water storage options in South Canterbury. 

Many in the agricultural industry are pushing for further investment in water storage, following a prolonged dry spell in the region that’s seen widespread restrictions placed on irrigation.

But Ashburton Mayor Angus McKay says while more storage is necessary, council funds are out of the question.

“I’m actually of the opinion that the people that use the water in the future are the ones that should pay for it.” 

Further south, Timaru Mayor Damon Odey believes storage should be a community investment.

“I’m sure there’s a few other mixed hybrids where we can spread the cost throughout the whole community.”

– Newstalk ZB


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