Welcome to the Lower Waitaki Irrigation Scheme website

The Lower Waitaki Irrigation Scheme delivers water from the Waitaki River to 200 plus shareholders covering 20,000 hectares on the Lower Waitaki Plains it also supplies commercial water to local industries and domestic supply for the town of Oamaru.

The Scheme has been in operation since 1974 and was purchased from the Government in 1989 and is a farmer owned co-operative employing two Racemen, a Race Manager, a Environmental Compliance Manager and an office administrator. 

Mission Statement

To manage a highly reliable , sustainable community water supply company delivering low cost effective water efficiently while respecting our environment by encouraging best practice

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