Green light for farmers to start pumps again

6:20 am on 22 September 2010

Most farmers in areas affected by the Canterbury earthquake are being told they can start turning on their irrigation pumps again.

Until now they were asked farmers to hold off doing so, to allow aquifers to settle after the magnitude 7.1 earthquake on 4 September.

Selwyn District Council says they can turn them back on now, to see if they are working.

However, rural recovery co-ordinator Allan Baird says an electrician and pumping engineer should be on hand before the pumps are started and that farmers along the fault line may want to wait another week or two.