Policy 1: Manage the Use of Water
(Implements Objective 3.1.2 a), b), o) and p) and Objective 3.2.2 b))
Manage, through permitted activities and resource consents, the use of water, any associated discharge of water onto or into land in a manner that ensures that:
- The overarching purpose of the Vision and Strategy to restore and protect the health and wellbeing of the Waikato River for present and future generations is given effect to
- The further degradation of water quality is avoided
- Any adverse changes to natural flow regimes are avoided as far as practicable and otherwise mitigated
- Adverse effects on the relationship tangata whenua as Kaitiaki have with water are avoided, remedied or mitigated
- Adverse effects on in-stream ecological values are avoided, remedied or mitigated
- Adverse effects on wetlands that are habitats for significant indigenous vegetation and significant habitats for indigenous fauna are avoided, remedied, or mitigated
- Adverse effects on groundwater quality are avoided as far as practicable and otherwise mitigated
- Does not result in an adverse effect relating to the objectives in Chapter 5.2 of this plan
- The benefits to be derived from the efficient take and use of water for reasonably foreseeable future uses, and in particular for domestic or municipal supply, are maintained and/ or enhanced.
Policy 2: Efficient Use of Water
(Objective 3.1.2 a), f) and g) and Objective 3.3.2 d))
Ensure the efficient use of water by:
- Requiring the amount of water taken and used to be reasonable and justifiable with regard to the intended use and where appropriate:
- For domestic or municipal supplies is justified by way of a water management plan.
- For industry, implementation of industry good practice, in respect of the efficient use of water for that particular activity/industry.
- For irrigation, the following measures in relation to the maximum daily rate of abstraction, the irrigation return period and the seasonal or annual volume of the proposed take:
- A maximum seasonal allocation reliability of up to 9 out of 10 years
- A minimum application efficiency of 80 percent (even if the actual system being used has a lower application efficiency), or on the basis of a higher efficiency where an application is for an irrigation system with a higher efficiency
- Requiring consideration of water conservation and minimisation methods, such as leak detection and loss monitoring as integral parts of water take and use consent applications to ensure no significant wastage of water resources
- Raising awareness amongst the regional community about water efficiency issues and techniques
- Facilitating the transfer of water take permits, provided the transfer does not result in effects that are inconsistent with the purpose of the relevant Water Management Class, as identified by the policies in section 3.2.3 and the water classes in section 3.2.4
- Promoting investigation of alternatives to the water take, alternative water sources, water harvesting (excluding the Waikato River catchment above Karapiro Dam) and seasonal storage, as an integral part of water take and use consent applications.
- Promoting shared use and management of water through water user groups or other arrangements where there is increased efficiency in the use and allocation of water.
- When considering the efficiency of any proposed take and/or use of water Waikato Regional Council will refer to the most up to date guidelines and/or industry codes of practice relevant to that use.
- The Waikato Regional Council recognises that the Territorial Local Authorities will need to balance efficiency gains with financial impacts and will work with Territorial Local Authorities to ensure this is considered through the LTCCP processes.
Policy 3: Transfer of Water Permits
(Implements Objective 3.1.2 a), g) and p) and Objective 3.3.2)
Provide for the temporary or permanent transfer of the whole or part of a surface water or groundwater take permit through rules, provided the transfer:
- Results in the Vision and Strategy promulgated under the Waikato River Co-management framework being given effect to
- Does not result in effects that are inconsistent with the purpose of the relevant Water Management Class, as identified by the policies in section 3.2.3 and the water classes in section 3.2.4
- Does not result in adverse effects on tangata whenua uses and values
- Does not increase the net take and surface water allocation over the prescribed level in the original permit
- Does not result in a groundwater allocation over the prescribed Sustainable Yield in Table 3-6
- Is consistent with the objectives and policies of this Plan
- Does not cause adverse effects on springs or other surface water bodies
- In the case of temporary or partial transfers, is between parties who have metering and reporting at the appropriate recording and reporting level as defined in Table 3-4
- In the case of groundwater, the location, nature and scale of the take are unchanged
- Does not result in adverse effects on existing users
- Does not involve the transfer of takes for domestic or municipal supply from the main stem of the Waikato River downstream of the Huntly Power Station to upstream of the Huntly Power Station