aquifer is showing its lowest level on record since Environment Southland
started monitoring it in 2001.
Of the 15
aquifers monitored by Environment Southland, eight have levels within the range
normally measured at this time of year, and two have levels above normal. Five
of the deeper aquifers, which are reliant on rainfall to recharge, are still at
levels below normal.
“Most of the
region’s aquifers have responded well to the recent rain, however the Edendale
aquifer is still suffering the effects of the low rainfall at the start of the
year, with continuing declines occurring,” Environment Southland director of
science and information Graham Sevicke-Jones said.
received a number of enquiries by people in Edendale whose bores had dried up
as a result, prompting it to launch an investigation into the matter.
currently working with people and businesses in the area that are affected. The
council is investigating the effect of the low aquifer level and the recovery
of the aquifer,” Graham said.
been carried out to ensure that consent holders in the area aren’t breaching their
this stage are unsure if the aquifer will fully recover over winter. The winter
period is the time when Southland’s aquifers typically recharge.
monitoring sites at the Lumsden Cableway, Three Kings, Hyde Rock, Glenlapa and
Lynwood recorded over 30% more rainfall than past averages for the past three
months. However there were still several sites, mostly in eastern Southland,
that received less rainfall than normal so far this year.
River at Kennington is currently at a low flow that typically only occurs once
every 3.9 years, which highlights the river’s strong relationship with the
farmers that are affected by the low groundwater levels should contact the
Southland Rural Support Trust on 0800 787 254 if they have concerns, or need
someone to talk to.
Southland continues to monitor the situation closely.
For up-to-date river and groundwater levels along with more information, visit www.es.govt.nz/low-water-levels