12 December 2017
Consent holders are being encouraged to become familiar with
the water take conditions in their consents as river and groundwater levels
remain low even after the weekend’s rain.
“Consents for water takes from both rivers and groundwater
come with certain conditions – which could relate to river flow, levels, water
take volume, or abstraction rates,” Environment Southland director of policy,
planning and regulatory services Vin Smith said. “Now’s the time to become
familiar with these conditions and put plans in place if water levels continue
Certain amounts of water can be taken without consent. Up to
10,000 litres of water from rivers, streams and lakes can be taken per
landholding per day for household, irrigation or industrial use. The maximum
quantity of groundwater that can be taken without a consent is 20,000 litres per
landholding per day.
In both cases, the rate of abstraction must not exceed 2
litres per second, or result in adverse effects on existing water users, like
People wanting to abstract water in excess of these amounts
need to contact the consents team at Environment Southland. Any breaches of the
rules or consent conditions will be investigated.
Southland has only had about 79% of its usual rainfall for
the year and Environment Southland’s monitoring shows that both river and
groundwater levels are low for this time of year. Both the Southland District
Council and the Gore District Council have water restrictions in place.
Environment Southland is continuing to monitor the situation
closely. More information is available on
including graphs of aquifer levels, live river levels and situation updates.