Info for water users

Want to make use of Taranaki's freshwater resource? Find out your rights and responsibilities.

Taking & using stream & river water

Small volumes of water can generally be taken from rivers and streams without a resource consent. But there are important limits and restrictions.

Wells, bores & groundwater

Stay within the limits if you want to drill a well or bore, and take and use groundwater without needing resource consents.

Dairy effluent

All discharges of treated farm dairy effluent require a resource consent.

Liquid waste disposal & septic tanks

This information is particularly relevant for those outside the reach of municipal wastewater systems operated by District Councils.


Good management of stormwater runoff from worksites is important to prevent contamination of waterways or groundwater.


To take and use water for pasture irrigation you need to apply for resource consent.

Water metering and reporting

Measuring and reporting requirements

Boaties, anglers & trampers

Clean all gear when moving between waterways.