To All Opuha Water Users
Despite the very full lake (we are currently 103% full) there are still concerns about the overall conditions in the catchment – especially the low level of snow pack compared with normal conditions. Up until the light but widespread rain we have experienced over the last week, soil moisture conditions were also comparatively low. We have allowed the lake level to rise to its current very high level since we have completed the installation of the new spillway gates on the downstream weir.
We have met with the OEFRAG group and the consensus was that we are much better to take a conservative approach to the season and start with a low level of restriction in October in both the river and for irrigation use.
PLEASE PLAN YOUR WATER USE FOR OCTOBER ON THE BASIS THAT YOUR TOTAL USE WILL BE BELOW 75% ALLOCATION.
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