Central Plains Water Ltd is a shareholder-owned company that was established in 2003 to progress the resource consent application, detailed design and more recently, the start of construction of Stage 1 for the scheme, which will be developed in three stages. CPWL will be responsible for the implementation and operation of the scheme.

CPWL employs a core team of 30 professional staff and is governed by a Board of 7 Directors from a variety of backgrounds including farming, legal, finance and farm advisory. A number of the Board members are also shareholders of the Company.