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Water takes and bores

Water takes and bores

Updated 20 February 2018 4:32pm

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Measuring and reporting water use                      back to top

Regulations for measuring and reporting water takes

Regulations came into force for measuring and reporting water take consents in November 2010. The Regulations require a water measuring device (water meter) to be installed on all water takes greater than 5 litres/sec. Consent holders are also required in the Regulations to record daily use (or weekly if approval is provided by the Regional Council) and submit records once a year. Every water meter is required to be verified (a test to check the accuracy of a water meter) every five years.

For existing water take consents, there is a transitional period for compliance with the Regulations. The timeframe for compliance depends on the size of your water take. From 10 November 2012 all water takes greater than 20 litres/sec are required to comply with the Regulations.

Please note that the Regulations specify minimum requirements for measuring and reporting water use. It is important that you are familiar with your consent conditions as they may require you to undertake more specific and frequent measuring and reporting of water use.  

GWRC has produced a Water Meters booklet to help you in complying with the Regulations and your consent conditions. Also see the Ministry for the Environment website for more detailed information

Submitting water use records

WATER USE enables consent holders to upload water meter readings via website entry. Download our WATER USE basic user guide to get started with uploading water meter readings. Please contact us if you are unsure of your customer number and password.

If you have a datalogger or telemetry unit attached to your water meter, please contact us and we can advise you on how your data can be transferred electronically to us. 

You can also download a water meter reading file for the 2017-2018 year (between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2018) to record your water use. 

Water meters - installation, verification and data management

Irrigation NZ has developed the Water Measurement 'Blue Tick' Accreditation Programme, which GWRC supports. This programme identifies accredited service providers for installing and verifying water meters, and managing water use data. Using an accredited service provider gives confidence to water take consent holders that any water measurement undertaken is completed to a high standard and in accordance with best practice and minimum standards.

Download a list of accredited service providers in the Wellington region or view the Irrigation NZ website for the full list of accredited installers and verifiers.

Strategy for measuring and reporting water use

compliance monitoring strategy has been developed to ensure an appropriate level of measuring and reporting water use is undertaken by water take consent holders in the region. 


Water restrictions                                                back to top

Water take restrictions are placed on takes from rivers, streams, and aquifers in order to protect minimum flows. It is important that water take consent holders check the conditions of their consent so that they are aware what they need to do to be compliant. Failure to comply with water restrictions may result in enforcement action. 

Current water restrictions can be viewed for each part of the region below:

Click here for rivers and streams east of the Ruamahanga River

Click here for Ruamahanga River and streams in Wairarapa valley

Click here for rivers west of the Ruamahanga River & Lake Wairarapa

Click here for Wellington and Porirua rivers and streams

Click here for Kapiti rivers and streams


Water allocation                                                  back to top

In recent years GWRC has undertaken various studies of groundwater and surface water resources. The purpose of these studies has been to inform the regional plan review of revised water allocation limits. The following reports have been released:

Wairarapa Valley Groundwater Resource Investigation - Framework for Conjuctive Water Management (First published May 2011, revised December 2014)

Water Allocation Recommendations for the Wellington Region (August 2014)

Freshwater Allocation and Availability in the Wellington Region - State and Trends (May 2012)

Reports will soon be available on Hutt groundwater and Kapiti groundwater. 


Bores                                                                   back to top

Consents for constructing a bore

Under Rule 15 of the Regional Freshwater Plan the construction of a bore requires a resource consent. The application fee is $465.75 (incl. GST). You can apply using our application forms

Once you have obtained a resource consent, it is important that you submit a Bore/Well Log Form within one month of your bore being constructed. 

Aquifer testing guidelines

GWRC has developed aquifer test guidelines for the Wellington region. These guidelines will need to be followed in the investigation and preparation of resource consents applications for taking groundwater. An aquifer test analysis tool has also been developed for the region.