GWRC controls the discharge of collected agricultural effluent, including dairy effluent. A resource consent is required under Rule 13 of the Regional Plan for Discharges to Land. This activity is a controlled activity which means that unless special circumstances exist, your resource consent application is processed on a non-notified basis.
GWRC is encouraging all dairy farmers to undertake an effluent storage assessment. This is because storage and deferred effluent irrigation will ensure compliance with standards and terms specified in resource consents.
If you voluntarily undertake an effluent storage assessment, GWRC is happy to review your assessment to check if your proposal will meet the standards and terms of your resource consent.
An effluent storage assessment is required when you apply for a new or replacement dairy effluent resource consent or when your apply to change conditions on your existing dairy effluent resource consent.