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Water takes

The Freshwater Plan has rules for water takes.  If you can meet all the requirements for taking small amounts of water from rivers, springs and groundwater - then a resource consent is not required.

Requirements for non-consented water takes

♦  The take is at a rate of less than 5 litres/second and a maximum of 10 cubic metres per day.

♦  It’s for stock water - where it’s not used for intensive stock grazing, including dairy farming on more than 1 hectare, having more than 9 pigs per hectare, breakfeeding or keeping cattle or deer on irrigated land larger than 1 hectare. 

♦  It’s not from a wetland or outstanding waterbody that's listed in the Freshwater Plan

♦  Fish are prevented from entering the water intake – use a fish screen.

♦  Water is not pumped from any spring.

♦  No adverse effects are caused to the waterway.

♦  There's no use of water for irrigation on an area larger than 1 hectare.

Didn't meet the requirements?

If you can't meet these requirements, you need to apply for resource consent.

If you're installing a bore to take water, you’ll need to apply for a bore permit.


Download water takes and uses that don't require resource consent [PDF, 1.8 MB] 

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