Major Project MAR

Managed Aquifer Recharge Trial (MAR)

Trial to find out if the Makauri aquifer water supply can be augmented by injecting water into the aquifer

The Makauri aquifer is an important source of water for the Poverty Bay flats, but static water levels are showing a long-tern decline. 

The Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) project is a trial to find out if the Makauri aquifer water supply can be augmented by injecting water into the aquifer when it is available from other sources, to be retrieved later during the irrigation season.

Project status

Notified resource consent granted Nov 2016
Funding: Eastland Community Trust $200k
MPI acceleration fund - $250k
Progress: May 2017 currently 3 weeks behind schedule but still on-track to complete the trial by 30 September 2017, as per consent conditions.Progress to date: 
• Construction of the pilot and injection 
• Pump testing has been completed and the results analysed 
• Installation of the Headwork’s infrastructure is underway 
• Injection of the first 10,000m3 is scheduled to start 22 May 2017

About the MAR project

Newsletter updates on the project

Makauri aquifer trial Q&A

Frequently asked questions about MAR

Managed Aquifer Recharge reports

Freshwater reports - MAR

Videos on MAR project

Bob Bower interview

Freshwater Plan

The Gisborne Regional Freshwater Plan

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