Fresh water guidance & advice

The Council is currently updating its guidance, in light of new freshwater regulations (Sept 2020). Please contact us if you are planning any work involving any aspect of fresh water or waterways.

Telemetry information for consent holders

Water-use data must be sent by consent holders to the Council daily. This can be achieved using telemetry, which is explained in this leaflet.

Telemetry information for consent holders (346 KB pdf) (single document only)

Household sewerage systems

If you live in the country or in a small rural town, the wastewater from your toilet, shower and kitchen probably drains into an on-site treatment system and is then disposed of into the ground somewhere in your backyard. Household wastewater (domestic effluent) can contain a mixture of human faeces, food particles, soaps and other cleaning chemicals. It must be treated and disposed of so that it does not pollute groundwater or streams, or put people’s health at risk.

Looking after your household sewerage system (823 KB pdf) (single document only)

Guide to surface water availability & allocation

This guide is designed to help water users or those planning to take or use surface water to interpret the Regional Fresh Water Plan for Taranaki. Please note that the informationwas current at the time of publication (August 2005) and does not take into account any circumstances that may have subsequently changed.

Guide to surface water availability and allocation in Taranaki (4.5 MB pdf) (single document only)

Optimisation of farm irrigation

This Council-commissioned study by Robert Rout evaluated irrigation and water demand within the region, and identified those areas where irrigation development is most likely to occur.

Optimisation of Farm Irrigation Part 1 (3.4 MB pdf) Part 2