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.

  1. You don’t need a resource consent to take reasonable amounts of water for domestic or stock drinking needs.
  2. Additional small takes (less than 1.5 litres a second or 50 cubic metres a day, and less than 25% of the stream flow) are allowed for other uses (dairy sheds, for example) except from the Stony River.
  3. A resource consent is required for all other uses. The Council assesses proposals for large takes on a case-by-case basis.
  4. Takes other than those in paragraph 2 are not permitted from parts of the Maketawa Stream and Manganui River, because of their high environmental values. They also unlikely to be allowed from these waterways, where demand is already high: Kapuni Stream, Kaupokonui Stream, Mangonui Stream, Waingana Stream, Waingongoro River, Upper Patea River, Upper Waiwhakaiho River.