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Otago River Control Scheme

The problem

The Otago Regional Council in New Zealand believed residents in its area were paying more than their fair share for the Lower Waitaki River Control Scheme. This scheme protects communities on both the Otago and Canterbury sides of the Waitaki River from flooding and erosion.

How we helped

We developed an economic model and quantified the material benefits of the flood control scheme. We assessed the economic benefits and identified the cost of an alternative scheme. We determined that Otago residents paid 27 percent of the total costs and gained 24 percent of the benefits of the scheme. Canterbury residents paid 33 percent of the costs and gained 76 percent of the benefits. The remaining 40 percent was paid by Meridian Energy, that operates the Waitaki dam further upriver. Our analysis showed that Otago residents were contributing a disproportionate amount to the scheme’s costs.

Impact

The Otago Regional Council used our analysis to renegotiate the scheme’s cost allocation with Canterbury’s regional government. As a result, Otago residents will pay a fairer share of the scheme’s costs.

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WASHINGTON, DC
+1 (202) 466-6790
1747 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 1200
United States of America

SYDNEY
+61 (2) 9231 6862
Level 1 Kyle House, 27-31 Macquarie Place
Australia

WELLINGTON
+64 (4) 913 2800
Level 2, 88 The Terrace
New Zealand

PARIS
+33 (1) 73 44 26 97
6 Rue Duret
France

BOGOTÁ
+57 (1) 508 5794
Calle 81 #11-08, Piso 5, Oficina 5-127
Colombia

Thinking for a better world.

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