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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 apply for a consent 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

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.

Cover image on "Got your water sorted?" document

Catchment group processing dates for all catchments have now closed.

Farmers in all 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 3.3.4.12).
  • 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 3.3.4.13), 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 3.3.4.13).

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 put a "catchment group processing" system in place to receive consent applications on a phased, catchment by catchment basis.

Catchment group processing dates for all catchments have now closed.

If you haven't sorted your application yet, you still have time. Applications must be at the Waikato Regional Council offices no later than Wednesday, 24 December 2014 in order to guarantee access to the special grandparenting provisions in Variation 6.

In an effort to help keep costs down, we will offer those people who apply after their group processing dates have closed the option to go into "catch-up groups" for each catchment. We will process these once all group processing is completed.

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

Go to waikatoregion.govt.nz/application-processing for an update on the expected date for your group processing to be completed.

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.

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

   

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.

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Indicators - lakes
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Indicators - groundwater
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