The latest media statements from Waimea Water.

April 5, 2024

Waimea Community Dam Running Second Phase of Valve Testing: April 9 and 10, 2024

People are asked to be cautious and preferably stay away from the Lee, Wairoa and Waimea rivers during a second phase of valve tests on Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 April, as river levels will rise because of… Read More

April 4, 2024

Waimea Community Dam To Test Valves:

PEOPLE ASKED TO BE CAUTIOUS AND TO PREFERABLY STAY AWAY FROM THE RIVER People are asked to be cautious and preferably stay away from the Lee, Wairoa and Waimea rivers for three days from lunchtime Thursday 4 April,… Read More

March 3, 2024

Waimea Community Dam Starts Operations

Waimea Water Ltd (WWL) has commenced releasing water from the reservoir to support relief from the worsening drought as the dry and warm summer conditions continue.  On Saturday 2 March 2024, water from the reservoir was released through… Read More

January 25, 2024

Waimea Community Dam Reservoir is full

Te Kurawai o Pūhanga, the reservoir behind the Waimea Community Dam, reached its full capacity and the spillway commenced flowing on Sunday 21 January 2024. “This is a momentous milestone for the project, and I thank all those… Read More

August 29, 2023

Waimea Community Dam ready for spring rainfall

Testing at the Waimea Community Dam has been progressing through the winter, and Waimea Water Ltd expects to commence filling the reservoir imminently, now that the sealing concrete plug and isolating valve have been installed. The dam, a… Read More

May 29, 2023

Waimea Community Dam reservoir ready to fill up

The Waimea Community Dam achieved an important milestone at 4pm last Friday (26 May) when the reservoir was closed, ready for filling. The Waimea Community Dam, a public private partnership between the Tasman District Council and Waimea Irrigators,… Read More

March 29, 2022

April 2022 dam update

The Waimea Community Dam is now more than 70% complete, and as long as COVID-19 and the weather isn’t too disruptive, construction will be finished in a few months and the reservoir will be ready for filling in… Read More

March 24, 2022

Latest construction video

Click here to watch this video to see timelapse video of construction as it happened, and CAD animation of its completion and the filling of the reservoir.

February 24, 2022

Waimea Community Dam cost revised due to encountered geology and inflation

The encountered geology, high inflation, and global supply chain issues have resulted in a reforecast of the cost to build the Waimea Community Dam. Waimea Water Limited (WWL) will report in its mid-year report for the 2022 financial… Read More

August 22, 2021

Waimea Community Dam to resume construction in Level 4

Waimea Water Ltd CEO Mike Scott said MBIE has authorised the construction of the Waimea Community Dam to resume during Level 4. Scott said works at the site would re-commence on Monday 23rd August. MBIE has approved the… Read More