Irrigation users are reducing their water take from Opuha Dam to 75 per cent of their consented volumes as part of a water shortage direction by Environment Canterbury.
A mild winter and low snow levels on the mountain tops led to the direction for the South Canterbury dam from the official start of the irrigation season on Saturday (September 1).
The direction over two weeks was based on advice from the Opihi Environmental Flow Release Advisory Group (OEFRAG), which oversees the lake levels.
Minimum flows have been reduced at the Sale Yard Bridge flow monitoring site from six cubic . . .