9 Mar 2012

Deadline approaching for irrigators

2:50 pm on 9 March 2012

Canterbury Regional Council has issued a reminder to larger irrigators that time is running out for them to install water measuring systems.

Under new national regulations, water consent holders with takes of 20 litres a second or more need to have a water measuring and reporting system installed by November this year. Smaller consent holders have more time.

The council's resource management director, Kim Drummond, says that in the Hurunui-Waiau water management zone alone more than 340 irrigators require a measuring system within the next nine months, but so far only about a third have this in place.

Mr Drummond says there is about 36% compliance among ground water consent holders and 30% compliance for surface water installations, which is "a little bit behind the eight-ball".