Whakatane Councillor provides clarity on Whakatane and Ohope's water supply

Costly water pipes and incompatible infrastructure has ruled out the possibility of bringing water to Whakatane and Ohope from a spring near Braemar Road.

The message comes from District Councillor Russell Orr, who is bringing some clarity surrounding what he says has been "confusion" from some residents.

He says many residents have questioned why the spring, that supplies the Rangitaiki Plains Water Scheme, is not being looked at as a potential water source for Whakatane and Ohope too.

He says the scheme was originally developed to provide water primarily for nearby farmers only, and the cost to expand the water scheme into Whakatane would cost tens of millions of dollars.

Sam Gardner