The Dry Weather Task Force comprises elected councillors, Council staff, members of the various water user groups in Tasman, Fish and Game Nelson Marlborough Region, Nelson City Council staff, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and Rural Fire representatives.
The Dry Weather Task Force was formed many years ago to manage water during dry periods in an informed and collaborative manner. The Task Force normally meets on Tuesdays of each week where a regional water resource update, water use/compliance and forecast of both climate and water demand is discussed. Recommendations are made to the Task Force and agreed decisions are then notified via a press release. Water permit holders who have restrictions placed on them may also be notified directly, depending on the requirements of the restrictions imposed.
The Dry Weather Task Force is made up of primarily Waimea water users due to the susceptibility of this area to water restrictions. Other user groups are involved when it is relevant.
The Convenor for the Dry Weather Task Force is the Environment and Planning Manager of Tasman District Council. Key Council staff involved with the Dry Weather Task Force are:
- Convenor: Dennis Bush-King - Environment and Planning Manager, Tasman District Council
- Water Resources: Joseph Thomas - Resource Scientist/Water, Tasman District Council
- Water Metering: Jim Trembath - Compliance Officer, Tasman District Council
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Dry Weather Task Force news releases
Any current news releases from the Dry Weather Task Force can be viewed from the link below.
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