PGF supports Wairarapa water with $7.11 million

Published: Jan 15, 2020 · Updated: Dec 1, 2020

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The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is putting $7.11 million into creating a sustainable water supply for Wairarapa.

Wairarapa Water Limited will receive a $7 million investment for the pre-construction development of water storage (and associated distribution) infrastructure, and the Wairarapa Water Resilience Committee (part of the Wairarapa Economic Development Governance Group) will receive $110,000 to develop a Wairarapa Water Resilience Strategy.

Chair of Wairarapa Water Ltd, Tim Lusk, is excited the complimentary projects have received the additional funding from the PGF.

“The announcement today now puts Wairarapa Water Limited in a strong financial position to finalise the multi-use water storage project development phases to meet the high expectations of our Wairarapa communities and businesses,” Tim Lusk said.

“This very considerable funding by the PGF means we can now engage comprehensively with landowners, Iwi, councils, businesses and the wider community, knowing we have the means to conclude together just what it must look and operate like before we move into construction, which all going well will be in 2023.

“The target must be better environmental outcomes and stored water available in 2026,” said Tim Lusk.

The PGF is also supporting the Wairarapa Water Resilience Strategy, led by the Wairarapa Water Resilience Committee, with $110,000. This project will create a framework to approach future planning for water management, with a particular focus on mitigating the impact of climate change.

“The development of a Wairarapa Water Resilience Strategy is crucial for the future water needs of our region,” said Dame Margaret Bazley, Chair of the Wairarapa Economic Development Strategy Governance Group.

“All water users in Wairarapa need to be aware of the need for a water strategy to ensure the continuous supply going forward.”

“I can’t emphasise enough the importance water resilience holds for everyone in our community and a high priority is to ensure the continuity of the urban water supply.”

Dame Margaret Bazley and Robyn Wells

Dame Margaret Bazley with Robyn Wells at the announcement of PGF funding.