CRC bore installers programme
About the programme
Rule 5.103 of the Land and Water Regional Plan (LWRP) states that installing a bore or gallery is a permitted activity if:
- the bore or gallery is installed by a member of the CRC bore installers programme; and
- all the other conditions of rule 5.103 of the LWRP are met.
Rule 5.103 aims to reduce consenting costs and waiting time for installing a bore or gallery. The purpose of the CRC bore installers programme is to ensure that Environment Canterbury still receives bore logs and other bore/ gallery information. Bore logs and other bore/ gallery information are fundamental to the effective management of the water resources in Canterbury.
Please note that being a member of the CRC bore installers programme is not an endorsement by Environment Canterbury of the company’s ability to install a bore/ gallery. It means that the company has agreed to the terms and conditions to the CRC bore installers programme.
The CRC bore installers programme has a set of terms and conditions which details what we expect of members. View the term and conditions.
We expect that members of the CRC bore installers programme will:
- Comply with the relevant rules in Environment Canterbury’s plans and bylaws
- Obtain any competency standard introduced by the New Zealand Drilling Federation or other professional/regulatory body
- Obtain permission from the land owner prior to installation of the bore
- Check whether the proposed bore site is located on contaminated land. If it is, your client will need a resource consent
- Check whether the proposed bore site is located within a silent file or culturally sensitive area. If it is, consult with the local Rūnanga prior to commencing drilling
- Check whether the proposed bore site is located in an area which requires archaeological authority. If it is, consult with Heritage New Zealand prior to commencing drilling
- Check whether the proposed bore site is located in an area protected by Environment Canterbury’s flood protection and drainage bylaw. If it is, your client will need to obtain authority under the bylaw
- Check whether the proposed bore site is located in a stream, river or lake bed. If it is, your client will need a resource consent
- Check separation distances between the proposed bore site, surface water bodies and property boundaries
- If archaeological material is encountered during drilling, cease all operations and contact Heritage New Zealand, the local Rūnanga and Environment Canterbury
- If contaminated material is discovered during drilling, take appropriate health and safety actions and contact Environment Canterbury
- On completion, cover and cap the bore and bore head appropriately to prevent contaminants or water from entering the bore or the underlying groundwater
- Where practical, construct the bore in compliance with the environmental standard for drilling soils and rock (NZS 4411, 2001)
- Provide Environment Canterbury with the bore details on completion of drilling.
- We have created a guide for the drilling industry to explain what we expect from a member of the CRC bore installers programme which can be viewed here.
The first step in becoming a member of the CRC bore installers programme is to fill in the application. You only need one application per drilling or contracting company – employees will not be required to apply individually.
Completed applications can be sent to:
c/o Groundwater Science Manager
PO Box 345 Christchurch 8140
or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
The application is designed to evaluate if your company has the processes in place to meet the terms and conditions of the CRC bore installers programme. Your application will be assessed by Environment Canterbury staff. If we require any more information or if there is a problem with your application we will contact you.
Once your application has been processed and endorsed we will issue a certificate and your companies details will be displayed on this page (below). Membership in the CRC bore installers programme will last for up to a year, from 1 July (or a later date of application) until; the following 30 June. You will need to reapply for membership annually. There is no fee for applying or being a member of the CRC bore installers programme.
Useful documents and links
- My Services login (Bore Installers Programme members)
- Environment Canterbury Well Card Search
- Listed Landuse Register
- Heritage New Zealand contact details
- Testing your water brochure
- Rūnanga emergency contacts (PDF File, 942 KB)
- Archaeological Guidelines for Well Drillers 14 June 2019 (PDF File, 2.01MB)