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3.4.5 Implementation methods – The use of water

3.4.5.1 Environmental Education

(Method to implement Section 3.4.3 Policies 1 and 2)

Waikato Regional Council will, through environmental education programmes, raise the awareness of the community about efficient water use practices by undertaking the following:

  1. Providing information regarding the adverse environmental and pasture production effects associated with inefficient irrigation of pastures
  2. Providing information regarding the efficient use and conservation of water by householders and resource users
  3. Providing information about the use of transferable permits between resource users
  4. Providing educational material promoting the efficient use and conservation of water by industries to minimise waste discharges
  5. Providing information on the positive benefits to be derived from the efficient use of water
  6. Providing climate information measured by the Waikato Regional Council in order to improve the information base for positive irrigation management
  7. Providing information on best irrigation practices to improve the efficient use of water.

3.4.5.2 Good Practice

(Method to implement Section 3.4.3 Policy 2)

Waikato Regional Council will, in conjunction with organisations, industries and individuals, provide guidance to develop, implement and undertake efficient water use practices, including:

  1. Developing guidelines for water use efficiency
  2. Promoting the reuse of water where appropriate
  3. Promoting water efficient technology
  4. Promoting ‘water efficient’ crops.

3.4.5.3 Crop and Pasture Monitoring Programme

(Method to implement Section 3.4.3 Policy 2)

Waikato Regional Council will undertake a crop and pasture irrigation monitoring programme in conjunction with commercial vegetable growers, farmers and associated industries to develop and test a set of guidelines to ensure sound scientific justification for consideration in relation to consent applications.

3.4.5.4 Permitted Activity Rule – Use of Water

(Implements Section 3.4.3 Policy 1)
Except as restricted by Rules 3.4.5.6, 3.4.5.7 and 3.4.5.8 the use (as restricted by s14 of the RMA) of water is a permitted activity subject to the following conditions:

  1. The use of water shall comply with the water management class standards in section 3.2.4 of this Plan.

Exception
This rule does not apply to:

  • The use of geothermal energy and water. Such uses are managed by the policies and rules in Module 7 – Geothermal
  • The use of water for a dam or diversion. Such uses are managed by the policies and rules in Chapter 3.6.

Advisory Note:

  • Any subsequent discharge of water or contaminants arising from the use of water authorised by this rule may require separate resource consent under the rules in Chapters 3.5 and 5.2 of this Plan.

3.4.5.5 Restricted Discretionary Activity Rule – Use of Water

(Implements Section 3.4.3 Policy 1)

The use of water (as restricted by s14 of the RMA), that cannot comply with Rule 3.4.5.4 is a restricted discretionary activity (requiring resource consent).
Waikato Regional Council restricts its discretion over the following matters:

  1. Measures to avoid, remedy, or mitigate the adverse effects on water quality allocated having regard to Chapter 3.3 Policies 11 and 12 and Chapter 3.4 Policies 1 and 2.
  2. Measures to avoid, remedy of mitigate any adverse effects on neighbouring properties allocated having regard to Chapter 3.3 Policy 11 and Chapter 3.4 Policies 1 and 2.
  3. The method, rate, volume and timing of application of the water allocated having regard to Chapter 3.3 Policy 11 and Chapter 3.4 Policies 1 and 2.
  4. Effects on any waahi tapu or other taonga from the activity.
  5. Effects on the relationship of tangata whenua and their culture and traditions with the site and any waahi tapu or other taonga affected by the activity.
  6. Effects on the ability of tangata whenua to exercise their kaitiaki role in respect of any waahi tapu or other taonga affected by the activity.
  7. Measures to avoid the contamination of land as a result of the use of water having regard to Chapter 3.4 Policies 1 and 2.

3.4.5.6 Permitted Activity Rule – Use of Water for Crop and Pasture Irrigation

(Implements Section 3.4.3 Policy 1)
Except as restricted by Rules 3.4.5.7 and 3.4.5.8 the use (as restricted by s14 of the RMA) of water and any associated discharge of water onto or into land for irrigated crop and irrigated pasture purposes is a permitted activity subject to the following conditions:

  1. The water shall not be applied in a way or at a rate that causes the water holding capacity of the soil within the plant root zone (rhizosphere) to be exceeded.
  2. The rate of irrigation shall not exceed the infiltration rate of soil and any run-off or ponding of irrigated water shall be minimised.
  3. Seasonal and monthly irrigation water balances shall be used to demonstrate that the amount of irrigation water applied does not exceed the irrigation demand by more than 20%. The irrigation water balances must be used to manage water irrigation and must be made available to the Waikato Regional Council on request. The irrigation water balances shall specify:
    1. Area of land irrigated
    2. Area of land irrigated
    3. Crop(s) type and crop rotation dates
    4. Volume of water irrigated
    5. Start and end date of irrigation season
    6. Seasonal irrigation demand.
  4. The activity shall not result in any direct application of contaminants to any water body.
  5. Any discharge of contaminants into air arising from the activity shall comply with the permitted activity condition in Section 6.1.8 except where the matters addressed in Section 6.1.8 are already addressed by conditions on resource consents for the site.
  6. The activity shall not result in the contamination of land.

Advisory Note

  • Rule 3.4.5.6 condition d) is intended to apply to the application of contaminants that are discharged into water body without contact with the surrounding land. The condition does not apply to any non-point source discharge into a water body as a result of the activity.

3.4.5.7 Controlled Activity Rule - Use of Water for Crop and Pasture Irrigation

(Implements Section 3.4.3 Policy 1)

  1. Any use of water that cannot comply with Rule 3.4.5.6; and
  2. The use of water, and any associated discharge of water onto or into land for irrigated crop and irrigated pasture purposes in the catchment of the Waikato River from the Karapiro Dam to the Lake Taupo Control gates or in the catchments of Lakes Taharoa, Maratoto, Serpentine (North South and East), Rotomanuka, Mangahia, Rotongaro, Okowhao, Whangape, Waikare, Kuratau, Mangakaware, Ohinewai, Waahi, and Rotokawau, and Whangamarino wetland, Kopuatai peat dome, wetlands listed in Section 3.7.7 of the Waikato Regional Plan, and the Opuatia wetland

is a controlled activity (requiring resource consent) subject to the following standards and terms:

  1. Seasonal and monthly irrigation water balances shall be used to demonstrate that the amount of irrigation water applied does not exceed the irrigation demand by more than 20%. The irrigation water balances must be used to manage water irrigation and must be made available to the Waikato Regional Council on request. The irrigation water balances shall specify:
    1. Area of land irrigated
    2. Crop(s) type and crop rotation dates
    3. Volume of water irrigated
    4. Start and end date of irrigation season
    5. Seasonal irrigation demand.

Waikato Regional Council reserves control over:

  1. The quality and contents of a seasonal and monthly irrigation water balances prepared under condition a) of this rule having regard to Chapter 3.4 Policies 1 and 2.
  2. Measures to avoid, remedy, or mitigate the adverse effects on water quality having regard to Chapter 3.3 Policies 11 and 12 and Chapter 3.4 Policies 1 and 2.
  3. Measures to avoid, remedy, or mitigate the adverse effects on other properties having regard to Chapter 3.3 Policies 11 and 12 and Chapter 3.4 Policies 1 and 2
  4. The method, rate, volume and timing of application of the water having regard to Chapter 3.3 Policies 11 and 12 and Chapter 3.4 Policies 1 and 2.
  5. Effects on any waahi tapu or other taonga from the activity.
  6. Effects on the relationship of tangata whenua and their culture and traditions with the site and any waahi tapu or other taonga affected by the activity.
  7. Effects on the ability of tangata whenua to exercise their kaitiaki role in respect of any waahi tapu or other taonga affected by the activity.
  8. Measures to avoid the contamination of land as a result of the use of water having regard to Chapter 3.4 Policies 1 and 2.

Advisory Notes:

  • Users of fertilisers and agrichemicals are referred to Rule 3.9.4.9 and Chapter 6.2 of this Plan. In respect of agrichemicals and fertiliser use, it is recommended that in order to minimise leaching of nutrients and pesticides, all practicable steps should be taken to comply with the New Zealand Fertiliser Manufacturers’ Research Association Code of Practice for Fertiliser Use (1998) (in the case of fertilisers) and NZS 8409:2004 Management of Agrichemicals (in the case of agrichemicals).
  • The use of soil moisture monitoring equipment can maximise efficient water use by reducing pumping times and water take volumes.
  • Information requirements to enable the assessment of any application under this rule are as set out in Section 8.1.2.4 of this Plan.

3.4.5.8 Discretionary Activity Rule – Use of Water for Crop and Pasture Irrigation

(Implements Section 3.4.3 Policy 1)
The use of water, and any associated discharge of water onto or into land for irrigated crop and irrigated pasture purposes in the catchment of the Waikato River from the Karapiro Dam to the Lake Taupo Control gates or in the catchments of Lakes Taharoa, Maratoto, Serpentine (North South and East), Rotomanuka, Mangahia, Rotongaro, Okowhao, Whangape, Waikare, Kuratau, Mangakaware, Ohinewai, Waahi, and Rotokawau, and Whangamarino wetland, Kopuatai peat dome, wetlands listed in Section 3.7.7 of the Waikato Regional Plan, and the Opuatia wetland that cannot comply with Rule 3.4.5.7 is a discretionary activity (requiring resource consent).


Advisory Notes:

  • Information requirements to enable the assessment of any application under this rule are as set out in Section 8.1.2.4 of this Plan.

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