Tasman District Council - Waimea Water

Project duration: 3 years
Freshwater Improvement Fund contribution: $7,000,000

Significant environmental benefits for the Waimea Plains.
Construction of a water augmentation storage run-of-river dam located in the Upper Lee Catchment, with a design capacity of 13.4 million cubic metres of water storage, to service the Waimea Plains and adjoining areas. Water distribution will be via a run-of-river scheme with water users taking water directly from the river or the adjacent connected aquifers on the Waimea Plains. The scheme will deliver water for community supply, irrigation, stock as well as environmental and community flows (30% of dam capacity).  The project also includes a biodiversity component to improve habitats for threatened species.