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Written by Dave Williams, The Marlborough Express   
Monday, 13 August 2007

Dam Muster: Landco's George Hulbert on the property where the dam will be built. The dam wall will run across Omaka Downs Rd.

Landco has revealed plans to build a massive dam in the Waihopai Valley which will form a reservoir covering about 160 hectares, roughly the size of Christchurch's Hagley Park.

Following the consent application last month by Waihopai Valley farmer David Dillon to build a dam that could take up to six years to fill, the New Zealand-owned land development company says it is planning a dam that will hold at least four times as much water.

The dam wall, running across Omaka Downs Rd, which will be closed, will be 1500m long.

It will be 20m high across most of its length, but will rise to 35m at its highest point.

It will store up to 18 million cubic metres of water in the dry valley.

Clearly it will be notified and people will have the opportunity to have a say. We think it will be a tremendous resource for the area.

Landco will apply to take C-class water (available during high winter flows) from the Waihopai River to fill the reservoir some time later this year.

Head of corporate communications, George Hulbert, said it would not be the biggest dam in the South Island, but it was difficult to say if it was the biggest in Marlborough without knowing what else was planned.

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