Info for water users

Want to make use of Taranaki's freshwater resource? Find out your rights and responsibilities.

IMPORTANT: New freshwater regulations September 2020

New Government freshwater regulations came into force on September 3, 2020. These include rules and obligations around activities on land that may affect water.

The regulations widen the range of activities requiring resource consents and tighten restrictions for many activities covered by existing rules.

The new requirements are far-reaching and should not be ignored. If your farm or business is undertaking or planning operational changes or developments involving any aspect of fresh water or waterways, you should check if they apply. Even if you haven’t needed a resource consent for such work in the past, it’s important you talk to Council staff.

As a first step, download our summary of the changes that are particularly relevant to Taranaki. Over the coming weeks, we will add more detailed FAQs that outline the practical requirements and implications for Taranaki farmers. 

New freshwater regulations: What they mean for you [PDF, 644 KB]

FAQs: Intensive Winter Grazing [PDF, 388 KB]

FAQs: Stock Exclusion Regulations [PDF, 577 KB]

FAQs: Wetlands [PDF, 582 KB]

FAQs: Application of synthetic nitrogen fertiliser [PDF, 539 KB]

FAQs: Structures in rivers and lakes and reclamation of rivers [PDF, 1.3 MB]

Please note the TRC Requirements for Good Farm Management in Taranaki booklet (March 2017) and Council guidance sheets are currently being updated to take account of the new freshwater regulations. They therefore should not be relied upon. Instead, please contact the Council directly if you have any questions.

Taking & using stream & river water

Use of small amounts of water does not require a resource consent.
Read more...

Wells, bores & groundwater

Stay within the limits if you want to drill a well or bore, and take and use groundwater without needing resource consents.
Read more...

Liquid waste disposal & septic tanks

This information is particularly relevant for those outside the reach of municipal wastewater systems operated by District Councils.
Read more...

Stormwater

Good management of stormwater runoff from worksites is important to prevent contamination of waterways or groundwater.
Read more...

Irrigation

To take and use water for pasture irrigation you need to apply for resource consent.
Read more...

Water metering and reporting

Find out more information about water metering and reporting in Taranaki.
Read more...

Freshwater biosecurity

Clean all gear when moving between waterways.
Read more...