Freshwater resources include surface water (watercourses - rivers and streams) and groundwater (aquifers sourcing irrigation water). We monitor the current state of the water quality and quantity.
Using freshwater resources
Properties on the Poverty Bay Flats depend on surface water and groundwater for irrigation to cope through our dry summer.
Up to 10 cubic metres of groundwater per day can be taken without a permit, from an individual bore for domestic and stock use. To take more than 10 cubic metres, a water permit is required.
For more information on bore installation and groundwater
To take water from a watercourse for domestic or stock purposes is permitted. For any other purpose, a water permit is required. For more information on our district's rivers and streams
Water permit application forms - see Resource Consents
Water users can enter their water use data online(external link)
Dams - surface water
Daming overland flow and or a watercourse requires a water permit.
Surface water may be extracted either via an intake chamber installed in the riverbed or by a mobile pump from the riverbed or riverbank.
Dams may capture rainfall runoff from hill slopes or may be a diversion channel from a watercourse.
The Freshwater Plan has been incorporated into the Tairawhiti Resource Management Plan.
State of our environment
Council continuously collects a wide variety of environmental data across many locations throughout the district. During summer, low flows data is plotted on a rating curve fortnightly and emailed to water permit holders. This provides users with up-to-date flow information to help with planning irrigation, and an overall view of river fluctuation over the entire summer irrigation season.