Today (Thursday 14 Feb) the Council started emergency pumping from the Mataura River to supplement water levels in the No.1 Cooper’s Well, which is extremely low.
The emergency pumping process involves feeding river water into a disused well at the Cooper’s Wells site. It goes into the aquifer, which provides natural filtration, before it is extracted from the active No.1 well.
The water is treated with chlorine at the water treatment plant before entering the town’s supply network. However, some residents many notice a slight change in the taste.
We will need to continue emergency pumping until the flow in the river sufficiently increases to recharge the aquifer levels.
Please note – the water supplied to Mataura Valley Milk from a well at the Gore A&P showgrounds has no impact on the water level in Cooper’s Wells, and water take consents for dairy farms are consented and monitored by Environment Southland.