|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 apply for a consent to take water for dairy farming purposes, including frequently asked questions.
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
Got your water consent sorted?
Over two-thirds of farmers who need consent to take water have now made their application.
If you haven’t sorted your application yet, you still have time. Applications must be at the Waikato Regional council offices no later than 12 pm on Wednesday 24 December 2014 in order to guarantee access to the special grandparenting provisions in Variation 6.
Piako catchment farmers are still able to take advantage of the catchment group process as detailed below.
Farmers in other catchments should look to apply as soon as they are able, and no later than 24 December 2014. These applications received after group processing dates are closed can either be:
- held over for “catch up” group processing at the end of other group processing in an effort to minimise processing cost, or
- processed individually at the request of the applicant. This will likely incur a higher cost as efficiencies are not as readily available as group processing.
Some farmers may not require a consent. If you fall into one of the categories below you may not need to apply for a consent:
- If you are supplied all your dairy shed water from a consented source such as a municipal or privately run water supply scheme you won’t need a consent as the scheme operator should already have one. Check directly with the scheme operator if you are unsure of their consent status or want to understand the supply arrangements you have with them.
- If you take less than 15 cubic metres of water from groundwater (bores or wells) for your dairy shed you do not require a consent. If you own multiple titles with a bore on each title, you can take up to 15 cubic metres from each bore as a permitted activity. (Refer to Permitted Activtity Rule 126.96.36.199).
- If you take less than 15 cubic metres of water from a surface water source (streams, springs, rivers, lakes, drains etc) you may not require a consent (refer to Permitted Activity 188.8.131.52), however you must not be taking more than the “primary allocable flow” of the waterway (refer to table 3-5 of the Waikato Regional Plan). This varies, but conservatively, if you’re taking less than 5 per cent of the low flow (such as we experienced recently) you’re probably within that primary allocable flow. See the further information below.
- If you take water directly from the Waikato or Waipa rivers you can take up to 30 cubic metres per day as a permitted activity (refer to Permitted Activity 184.108.40.206).
Some farmers taking less than 15 cubic metres per day from surface water may need to apply for a consent.
If any of the following scenarios apply to you, we recommend you contact us to discuss your specific situation:
- You are taking from a spring or small stream and are taking more than 5 per cent of the flow, as observed during a dry summer (for example, the recent dry period in March 2014).
- You think that between yourself and your neighbours, more than 5 per cent of the stream flow (at low flow times) is being taken.
- You have started taking water since October 2008.
A summary document of this information is available for you to read or download.
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 Piako and Waitakaruru catchment. The closing date for applications in this catchment group processing is 31 July 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:
|24 June - Matamata||26 June - Ngatea||1 July - Morrinsville
|Matamata War Memorial Hall
|Ngatea War Memorial Hall
Orchard West Road
|Westpac Event Centre Lounge
Ron Ladd Place
|10 am – 2 pm
||10 am – 2 pm
||10 am – 2 pm
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.
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)
Riparian Vegetation Management Plan - water take consent template (1mb)
Information on charges
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.
Smart water use
DairyNZ have put together some great resources to help farmers save water and save money. Click here to find out more.
Some useful and important information about making a consent application and holding a resource consent.
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.
Costs and fees
Find out about the costs associated with obtaining and holding a resource consent.
Making an application
Information you should know before you start preparing your resource consent application.
Holding a consent
Information you should know once you have a resource consent, including transferring, cancelling or changing consents.
The consent process
Information on the consent process, how an application is lodged, processed and decided upon.
Our fresh water resources
Environmental information about our region's inland water resources, including monitoring results.
Find out about the Waikato's groundwater resource, including levels data.