|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.
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 - Reporoa||14 March - Putaruru||17 March - Atiamuri
|St Johns Hall
|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.
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.
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.
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.