All discharges of treated farm dairy effluent require a resource consent.
Discharging effluent to land is regarded as best practice and farmers renewing their effluent consents are already, in most cases, required to move towards land disposal. There is also strong industry support for land-based systems.
Requirements & guidelines
To discharge farm dairy effluent to land, resource consent conditions now require the installation of adequate storage for farm dairy effluent, with the system design and storage volume determined by a suitably qualified person. Click on the link for the current list of accredited companies for farm dairy effluent systems.
Guidelines for dairy oxidation ponds
This booklet sets out the Council's guidelines for the design, construction and maintenance of an effective oxidation pond system for dairy shed wastes.Design, construction and maintenance guidelines for oxidation pond treatment of dairy shed and feedpad wastes - contents & introduction More