"Up to 33 million cubic metres per second (cumecs) of water could be taken after independent commissioners signalled they would reject Environment Canterbury (ECan) staff recommendations to decline 69 water-take applications in the "red", or fully allocated, Rakaia-Selwyn zone.
The commissioners, who heard the case in July last year, indicated they would approve most of the claims for a 10-year period.
Each year about 600 existing consent holders are allowed to take up to 215 million cumecs of water from the catchment between the Waimakariri and Rakaia rivers.
If commissioners grant full consent to the 69 applicants, a further 33 million cumecs could be sucked from the aquifers."
Source: Stuff.co.nz - 8th March 2007
I agree with Enviroment Canterbury\'s (Ecan) recommendation to decline the current 69 water-take applications.
A proud Cantabrian concerned about the continuous plundering of one our most precious resources.
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