Wa­ter con­sent dead­line looms


The Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil is urg­ing a small group of farm­ers yet to ap­ply for dairy shed wa­ter con­sents to get in be­fore the De­cem­ber 24 dead­line.

Un­der the coun­cil’s vari­a­tion 6 rules, dairy farm­ers can still take up to 15 cu­bic me­tres a day from bores or wa­ter­ways for dairy shed wa­ter, sub­ject to wa­ter avail­abil­ity, but need a con­sent if they want more.

While still need­ing to ap­ply for a con­sent, farm­ers are guar­an­teed ‘‘ grand­par­ented’’ ac­cess to the level above 15 cu m/ day they were us­ing at Oc­to­ber 2008, pro­vided they meet the dead­line for ap­pli­ca­tions.

Those who don’t meet the Christ­mas Eve dead­line can­not be guar­an­teed cov­er­age by the spe­cial ‘‘ grand­par­ent­ing’’ rules.

About 90 per cent of an es­ti­mated 2600 farm­ers need­ing a ‘‘ grand­par­ented’’ con­sented take have ap­plied al­ready.

This fol­lows an ed­u­ca­tional ef­fort by the coun­cil with support from DairyNZ, dairy com­pa­nies and Fed­er­ated Farm­ers, as well as a spe­cial group con­sent pro­cess­ing scheme op­er­ated by the coun­cil which has en­cour­aged early ap­pli­ca­tions en masse to help keep pro­cess­ing costs down.

‘‘ We’re nearly there in terms of get­ting in the ex­pected num­ber of ap­pli­ca­tions,’’ farm wa­ter project man­ager Amy King said. ‘‘We strongly urge any re­main­ing farm­ers want­ing a grand­par­ented con­sent at 2008 lev­els to en­sure they meet the dead­line.’’

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