Story: Water quality

Clyde Dam spillway (1st of 2)

Clyde Dam spillway

Water cascades down the Clyde dam spillway on the Clutha River in Otago. A major use of river water in New Zealand is for hydroelectric schemes – in 2007 more than 60% of the electricity supply came from this source.

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Mike Scarsbrook and Kit Rutherford, 'Water quality - Water quality in New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 March 2023)

Story by Mike Scarsbrook and Kit Rutherford, published 24 Nov 2008, updated 18 Jul 2016