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Between 2009 and 2013, there was a rapid and substantial increase in the percentage of water allocated through resource consents of the total water available to be allocated for use and this higher level of allocation has been maintained in subsequent years.

This indicator is the level of consented water allocation as a percentage of the amount of total water available for allocation in the Waikato region, measured at the Waikato River mouth during summer months each year.

Why is this indicator important?

The Waikato region has an abundance of fresh water but not all of it is actually available to be used (allocable). Efficiency of water use is an increasingly important issue in the Waikato region. Much of it needs to be retained in our rivers, lakes and aquifers (underground springs) to maintain their ecological, recreational and other qualities. We also need to protect our water sources to ensure we have sufficient clean drinking water and water for household use.

Measuring how much water is allocated each year helps us to protect our non-allocable water sources, for example for fish and other animals and plants living in the water. It also helps us to ensure people’s personal water use requirements are not compromised by commercial or business-related uses for water. This can include water use on farms and manufacturing facilities; or anywhere where activities or processes require a large amount of water.

Water use

Water use 2019

Year Per cent of total allocable water allocated
2007 67
2008 65
2009 64
2010 69
2011 72
2012 76
2013 87
2014 86
2015 86
2016 86
2017 85
2018 86

What is this indicator telling us?

  • From 2009 to 2013, the percentage of water allocated through resource consents of the total water available to be allocated for use has risen substantially, and since then has stayed relatively constant at 85-87% of the amount of total water to be available for allocation.

  • Small variations since last year include expiry of water take consents without being replaced.

  • During non-summer months, the allocation level is substantially less due to lower demand.

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Data provided by Waikato Regional Council in the form of a spreadsheet.

Update details: Annual data are available from the Waikato Regional Council Water Calculator Database. Current yearly totals to 2018 were provided by Waikato Regional Council in January 2019.

Customised data request requirements: Contact Waikato Regional Council.


Territorial Authority (TA) disaggregation: No

Other regions: No

New Zealand: No 

Other countries/ Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD): No