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Under Variation 6, farmers taking water for dairy shed wash down and milk cooling will likely require a resource consent.
Dairy shed wash down and milk cooling

These pages contain information on the Waikato region's water resources and what you need to know if you wish to take water for dairy farming purposes, including frequently asked questions.

Rules 

Variation 6 (Water Allocation) to the Waikato Regional Plan establishes Waikato Regional Council's rules for managing the allocation of water in the Waikato region. Under Variation 6, farmers taking water for dairy shed wash down and milk cooling will likely require a resource consent.

For more information on these rules:

Find out more about the Waikato Regional Plan, our planning document that contains regulation, policy and methods for managing the region's natural resources.

Resource consent applications for dairy shed water takes

Catchment group processing

To help us keep the process as simple as possible - and to keep consent processing costs down for farmers - we want to receive consent applications on a phased, catchment by catchment basis.

We’ll be inviting various catchments to submit consent applications by a specified time. That way we can lump similar applications together when we process them, which we expect will reduce the costs to individual famers.

Find out more about this process, including catchment boundaries and group closing dates.

We are now inviting applications for the Upper Waikato catchment. The closing date for applications in the Upper Waikato catchment group processing is 31 March 2014. We are holding three drop in days for farmers in this catchment to come and discus the requirements and get some help filling in the forms. These drop in days will be held:

Catchment group closing dates are:

11 March - Reporoa14 March - Putaruru17 March - Atiamuri
Reporoa Hall
Broadlands Rd
Reporoa
St Johns Hall
Overdale Road
Putaruru
Atiamuri Hall
223 SH30
Atiamuri
10am – 2pm 10am – 2pm 10am – 2pm

 

A short presentation will be held at 10:30 – 11 am and again at 1-1:30 pm outlining some of the basics of Variation 6. You can choose whether to attend the presentation or just pop in any time to talk to staff members that can help you understand the process and application forms.

The final group processing catchment is the Piako Catchment with a closing date of 31 July 2014. Further details on drop in days for this catchment will be advised closer to the time.

Application forms

Form A & B: Take Water for Milk Cooling and Dairy Shed Wash Down (85kb)

Additional Information for Dairy Shed Water Take Applications (307kb)

Additional copy: Section A – Volumes taken for additional property (167 kb)

Additional copy: Section B – Groundwater take for additional bores (178 kb)

Information on charges

Riparian Vegetation Management Plan - Template for Water Take Consent (1MB)

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Click on a topic button below to read the answers to some of its associated FAQs, or view the full FAQ document for a full range of questions and answers.

Click here for FAQs on allocation status and hydrology

Click here for FAQs on rules and consent process

Click here for FAQs on consent requirements and conditions

Click here for FAQs on catchment group processing

Click here for FAQs on riparian vegetation  management plans

Click here for FAQs on ownership, property sale and purchase and consent transfers

   

Surface water allocation map - authorised and applications

Map showing total allocation as at 30 May 2012

You can click on the map below for a more detailed PDF version. You can use the PDF map to zoom in and out for further location details. Use your arrow keys to move around, and Ctrl + and Ctrl - keys to zoom in or out. Note that the PDF is quite large in size (47mb), so download may be slow depending on your internet connection and computer performance.

This map is indicative only. It shows allocation and applications - that is, if a catchment has applications that, if granted, will take the catchment to full allocation, then the map will show as such. This particularly applies to the catchment upstream of Karapiro.

Overview map of regional surface water allocation. Click on this image for a detailed PDF.

More information

Smart water use

DairyNZ have put together some great resources to help farmers save water and save money. Click here to find out more.

Resource consents

Some useful and important information about making a consent application and holding a resource consent.

Click here to go to the mapping service
Maps
Use our maps service to find out which catchment area a take consent is located in, and what the common consent expiry date is for takes in that catchment.

Find out about the costs associated with obtaining and holding a consent
Costs and fees
Find out about the costs associated with obtaining and holding a resource consent.

Information for applicants
Making an application
Information you should know before you start preparing your resource consent application.

Information for consent holders
Holding a consent
Information you should know once you have a resource consent, including transferring, cancelling or changing consents.

Download and print off consent application forms
Consent application forms
Download and print off consent application forms

Information on the consent process
The consent process
Information on the consent process, how an application is lodged, processed and decided upon.

Click here for information on providing water use records
Water use records
Information on providing water use records as part of your consent.


Our fresh water resources

Environmental information about our region's inland water resources, including monitoring results.

Click here to find out more about river levels and flow
River levels and flow
Find out river levels and flow, including up to date level and flow data.

Click here to find out more about our region's groundwater resource
Groundwater
Find out about the Waikato's groundwater resource, including levels data.

Click here for information about water quality monitoring of the Waikato River
Water quality - Waikato River
Find out about water quality monitoring in the Waikato River.

Click here to find out water quality monitoring data from regional rivers and stream
Water quality - other rivers
Find out about water quality monitoring of the region's rivers and streams.

Click here to find out how the environmental health of our rivers and streams measures up
Indicators - rivers and streams
Learn about the pressures on and  environmental health of our rivers and streams.

Click here to find out how the environmental health of our lakes measures up
Indicators - lakes
Learn about the pressures on and environmental health of our lakes.

Click here to find how the environmental health of our groundwater measures up
Indicators - groundwater
Learn about the pressures on and environmental health of our groundwater.

Click here to find out how the environmental health of our geothermal systems measures up
Indicators - geothermal systems
Learn about the pressures on and environmental health of our geothermal systems.