An individual is a natural person only, and does not include any company, body corporate, partnership or trust. Any water that is to be taken by a company, body corporate, partnership or trust for domestic or stockwater purposes must comply with the rules in the relevant regional plan (including the limits on the volume taken, and the rate at which the water is abstracted), or be authorised by a resource consent.
Water taken and used for all other purposes must comply with the relevant permitted activity rules or be authorised by a resource consent.
Guidance from the Ministry of Health and the Lincoln University Farm Technical Manual (2003) has been used to determine “reasonable” volumes of water for domestic and stockwater purposes. A summary of the volumes for domestic and stockwater use is provided below.
Domestic use includes drinking water, household washing water, irrigation of the household garden area. “Reasonable” volumes:
Derived from the Lincoln University Farm Technical Manual (2003) and adjusted to account for losses through the delivery system. “Reasonable” volumes:
If your situation falls outside the above, please contact Environment Canterbury to arrange for an assessment based on your needs to determine whether the take and use of water for domestic use or stock drinking water is allowed.
Under section 14(3)(b) of the Resource Management Act, water may only be taken and used for domestic and stockwater purposes if the take or use is not likely to result in an “adverse effect”. When assessing whether the water take will cause an adverse effect, Environment Canterbury will consider the following factors:
Water may be taken for domestic and stockwater purposes under section 14(3)(b) of the RMA in addition to:
For activities associated with carrying out your water take (for example, damming of a surface waterbody, installation of a water intake structure, works in the bed of a lake, river or wetland, or the installation of a bore), you will still need to comply with the relevant regional rules for that activity, or obtain a resource consent. For guidance on the rules and restrictions that apply to these activities, review the regional plans on this website or call Customer Services on 0800 324 636.
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