With a waiata and a few words, Central Otago’s newest infrastructure project was officially opened and blessed last week.

Central Otago Mayor Tim Cadogan and runanga representatives Francie Diver and Liz Matahere performed the honours before invited guests including contractors, Otago Regional Council staff, Central Otago District councillors and Taumata Arowai (national water services regulator) representatives.

The water supply was turned on last month as a part of a $16.1 million upgrade to Alexandra and Clyde water supplies. The project began in 2018 and included expanding the Clyde bore field and constructing a membrane treatment plant and water storage tanks.