Lake Coleridge irrigation plan passes another hurdle
Updated at 9:54 am on 8 October 2012
A proposal to use water stored in Lake Coleridge for farm irrigation as well as power generation has passed another stage of the approval process.
Canterbury Regional Council has accepted a recommendation from hearing commissioners to amend a national conservation order on the Rakaia River to allow the dual use of water from the lake.
It will pass the recommendation to the Environment Minister, who will make the final decision.
TrustPower applied for the conservation order amendment so it can adjust storage and flow restrictions to provide irrigation water from the lake during dry periods to supplement water taken directly from the river.
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