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8.1.2 Water and Geothermal

8.1.2.1 Water Takes

  1. The location of the take.
  2. The purpose for which water is to be taken including the proposed crop/pasture type, reflecting rotational crop requirements.
  3. Define the maximum volume of water to be taken as a minimum per day and per year.
  4. The rate at which water is to be taken.
  5. The source of water.
  6. Any associated discharges used to offset the cumulative allocation effects of the taking of water.
  7. Identification of alternative water sources including, groundwater, water harvesting and water reuse and provide an assessment of how these may minimise adverse effects, including those on existing and foreseeable future users.
  8. Intake screening.
  9. The identity and location of other neighbouring abstractors.
  10. What effects this activity will have on the environment.
  11. The proposed method of recording water use and reporting to Waikato Regional Council.
  12. In the case of an application for the replacement of an existing resource consent:
    • a demonstrated continued need for the volume and rate of water applied for based on water use records, recognising seasonal and crop rotational factors,
    • any enforcement action taken by Council, and
    • use of best industry practice.
  13. In the case of an application for domestic or municipal supply a water management plan prepared as detailed in method 8.1.2.2 shall be provided with all resource consent applications made in accordance with 3.3.3 Policy 9 and Rules 3.3.4.18, 3.3.4.21, 3.3.4.23, 3.3.4.24 and 3.3.4.26.
  14. Details, including distribution extent, of any other properties to which water is to be supplied from this take.
  15. In the case of an application for domestic or municipal supply details shall be provided of any existing or proposed riparian fencing and planting necessary to mitigate adverse effects of the take on the water body. Details on proposed riparian fencing and planting shall be provided in the form of a Riparian Vegetation Management Plan having regard to Standard 3.3.4.28

8.1.2.2 Water Management Plans

The Water Management Plan shall establish a long term strategy for the water requirements of domestic or municipal suppliers and their communities. It shall demonstrate that the volume of water required, including any increase over that previously authorised, has been justified and that the water take will be used efficiently and effectively. To this end the water management plan shall, to an extent which is appropriate for the scale of the activity, provide the following information:

  1. A description of the water supply system including system operation, distribution extent, levels of service, water use measurement, maintenance and asset management procedures.
  2. A comprehensive assessment of existing demand and future demand for water with regard to an assessment of reasonable population growth within the planning horizon to meet the following:
    1. reasonable domestic needs;
    2. public health needs in accordance with requirements under any Act of Parliament or regulation;
    3. reasonable community needs (e.g. for public amenities);
    4. reasonable commercial, rural supply and industrial needs;
    5. an assessment as to how each of the assessments required by clauses a) to d) above is predicted to vary over time;
    6. a justification for each of the assessments required by clauses a) to e) above including reference to any relevant planning instruments promulgated under the Resource Management act 1991 that provide for future growth or relevant documents promulgated under the Local Government Act 2002 such as Long Term Plans, growth strategies or spatial plans.
  3. Any existing or proposed water pricing procedures and any linkages with wastewater pricing or management.
  4. How water reticulation networks are planned and managed to minimise their water losses as far as practicable.
  5. A description of patterns of water use practices and/or behaviour in all sectors of use (and distribution) with the objective of maximising water use efficiency and reducing water use, as far as practicable.
  6. Water saving targets for the full range of demand conditions including demand saving targets for council owned facilities, domestic demand targets and demand saving targets for commercial and industrial customers.
  7. Key performance indicators for each of the water saving targets.
  8. Any external auditing and benchmarking procedures that have been adopted.
  9. A drought management plan that includes:
    1. steps to be taken to reduce consumption during water shortage conditions, including those uses that will be restricted at the same time as priority SW-B users (in accordance with Policy 18 and Standard 3.3.4.27) and steps to be taken to implement those restrictions.
    2. Targets for the water savings expected to be achieved via the restriction of activities identified in a) above, which shall align as closely as possible to the restrictions for SW-B users provided for in Standard 3.3.4.27.
    3. public and commercial user education programmes.
    4. steps taken to reduce consumption when demand is approaching the maximum take volume specified under the relevant resource consent.
    5. Enforcement procedures
  10. Actions, performance measures and a timeline for implementing actions. The actions and performance measures identified will depend on the circumstances of each applicant.
  11. Any consultation undertaken with key stakeholders and outcomes of such consultation.
  12. Details of an appropriate water conservation and demand management plan review process.
  13. Identification of any anticipated increases in water demand over the term of the consent and ability to stage water take volumes to more closely reflect demand requirements over time.
  14. Ability to reduce the amount of water used by existing industrial and agricultural users, as a result of improvements in the efficiency of the use of water, in order to meet any increase in water demand over the term of the consent.
  15. Identification of any single industrial, commercial or agricultural use of water that uses more than 15 cubic metres of water per day (not being water used for human drinking purposes or human sanitation purposes).
  16. Identification of future domestic or municipal supply take needs over and above authorised domestic or municipal supply takes required to meet growth and development that is provided for in planning instruments promulgated under the Resource Management Act 1991 or relevant documents promulgated under the Local Government Act 2002, such as Long Term Plans, growth strategies or spatial plans (or similar). 

    The projected future needs shall be identified in terms of:

    1. Location of take; and
    2. Volume of take (including any seasonal variations); and
    3. The date at which the water is likely to be required.

8.1.2.3 Transfer of Surface and Groundwater Permits

  1. Full names and addresses of transferor and transferee.
  2. If the whole permit is not being transferred, the portion of the water permit being transferred.
  3. Proposed daily and seasonal (cubic metres per day) and rate (litres per second) of take at new site.
  4. Permit number.
  5. Location of new take site (show on map or give NZMS 260 map reference).
  6. Proposed date/s of transfer.
  7. Description of purpose for which water is to be used.
  8. Whether the transfer is permanent or temporary and, if temporary, the date on which the transfer ceases.

8.1.2.4 Water Use - Crop and Pasture Irrigation

  1. The location and area of the activity.
  2. The proposed crop/pasture type(s), reflecting rotational crop requirements.
  3. The proposed daily and seasonal (cubic metres per day) to be used.
  4. The rate (litres per second) at which water is to be used.
  5. The method of application of water.
  6. Any associated resource consents or resource consent applications to take water.
  7. Seasonal and monthly irrigation water balances.
  8. The identity and location of other neighbouring water users.
  9. What effects this activity will have on the environment.

8.1.2.5 Discharges

  1. Purpose for which the consent is sought.
  2. Maximum volume of the discharge.
  3. The rate at which waste is to be discharged.
  4. What treatment the waste will receive prior to discharge.
  5. How the volume discharged will be minimised.
  6. How the contaminant loading of the discharge will be minimised.
  7. What happens to any sludge or solid waste that may be generated.
  8. The characteristics of the waste to be discharged.
  9. What effect the discharge will have on the receiving environment, including the effect on the purpose of water management classes in Section 3.2.3 of the Plan.
  10. The site location and point of discharge.
  11. The extent to which the discharge will comply with Policy 1 in Chapter 6.1 of this Plan, with regard to objectionable odour and particulate matter effects.
  12. What or whether alternative methods of discharge and treatment have been considered.

8.1.2.6 Damming of Water

  1. Purpose for which water is to be dammed.
  2. Full description of existing works, or works to be constructed, and the location of the works.
  3. Whether a qualified and experience consultant is to be involved in the design and or construction of the proposed works.
  4. Expected date of completion of any works to be constructed.
  5. Source of water.
  6. Description of the topography, soil type and vegetation, including vegetation that could be directly or indirectly affected by a change in water levels.
  7. Sketch plan or design of dam.
  8. What other options have been considered.
  9. What effects this activity will have on the environment.

8.1.2.7 Diverting of Water

  1. Purpose for which water is to be diverted.
  2. Full description of existing works, or works to be constructed and location of those works.
  3. Whether a qualified or experienced consultant is to be involved in the design and/or construction of the proposed works.
  4. Expected date of completion of any works to be constructed.
  5. The source of water.
  6. Description of the topography, soil type and vegetation, including vegetation that could be directly or indirectly affected by a change in water levels.
  7. Details of the diversion.
  8. What other options have been considered.
  9. What effects this activity will have on the environment.

8.1.2.8  Creation of New Drains and Deepening of Drain Invert Levels and Drainage of Wetlands

  1. Description and location of the property on which works are to be undertaken.
  2. Name and location of the wetland that will be affected by the drainage works.
  3. Expected date and completion of the works.
  4. Proximity of the proposed activity to a wetland identified in Section 3.7.7.
  5. The size, including width and depth, of the proposed drain.
  6. The location of current drains, their depth and width and direction of flow of water.
  7. An assessment of the adverse effects of the proposed activity on the wetland, including:
    1. the extent to which the activity will adversely affect the natural character of the wetland,
    2. the extent to which the activity will alter water levels in the wetland,
    3. the extent to which the activity affects tangata whenua values of the wetland,
    4. the extent to which the activity will affect the natural values of the wetland, including scientific, educational, recreational and aesthetic values.
  8. Description of the topography, soil type, and vegetation.

8.1.2.9 Drilling

  1. Name of drilling contractor.
  2. Site and location of bore.
  3. Site plan indicating property boundaries.
  4. Details of the proposed works including:
    1. bore hole diameter (millimetres)
    2. bore casing diameter (millimetres)
    3. bore depth (metres)
    4. casing depth (metres)
    5. casing materials
    6. screen materials
    7. aquifer* (if known).
  5. Proposed well yield.
  6. Purpose of bore.

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