Some entrepreneurs and politicians in Hawke’s Bay want to export millions of cubic metres of Heretaunga aquifer water. After all, why would you want to go through the hard yards of growing stuff, like grapes or apples?
But what is the key question none of the smiling individuals in this picture can answer?
Is there enough water in the Heretaunga aquifer to do this?
Even the Regional Council, which is supposed to know such things, doesn’t know.
Absolutely, says HBRC, in one breathe.
But in the next breathe, we’re spending hundreds of thousands of ratepayer dollars on a multi-year project, whose finish is still a year off (or longer, the way this council spins through hydrologists), to determine how much usable water there actually is.
So maybe we have enough; maybe we don’t.
Just to be safe, Hastings and Napier Councils advise, don’t water your lawn too much.