Masterton District Council is congratulating teams working on two projects focused on Wairarapa’s water sustainability, following the announcement of more than $7 million of Central Government funding.

Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau, announced today that the Provincial Growth Fund will invest $7 million to progress feasibility on the Wakamoekau Community Water Storage Scheme.

In addition, it will fund $110,000 for the development of a Water Resilience Strategy, being progressed by the Wairarapa Economic Development governance group and key stakeholders.

Masterton Mayor Lyn Patterson said the investment was a win for the Wairarapa.

“The availability of water, and how we manage it, will be one of the biggest challenges facing our region over the next decade, and longer,” Mayor Patterson said.

“This water storage scheme is potentially one part of a future solution to Wairarapa’s water security challenges.

“Moving into the next stage of the water storage project to get a better understanding of its feasibility, and how it might be designed and funded over the long-term, is a positive development.”

Mayor Patterson said the work to progress a strategy focused on water resilience was desperately needed.

“We need to get a big picture of water supply and use across our region. While it’s important we take immediate action, we still need to look at the full picture, a common vision and a plan to achieve it,” Mayor Patterson said.

The Masterton District Council has a number of projects aimed at conserving and efficiently using water across the district. It includes installing smart water meters on all residential properties that are connected to the urban water supply, renewing main pipes, fixing leaks and introducing treated wastewater irrigation.  It has also budgeted $5.6 million for new urban water storage for our District.