Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Water report shows efficient water use despite dry spell

Water report shows efficient water use despite dry spell


Today’s water use report from Environment Canterbury unsurprisingly shows irrigators used more water during last year’s dry spell than the previous wet summer. However the increase wasn’t as large as might have been expected in a season that bordered on drought, says IrrigationNZ.

“The data actually reinforces the changes we’re seeing as new technologies and improved practice lead to more targeted water application. Irrigators don’t pump water out of the ground because they can as pumping costs them money. There is an efficiency driver and most farmers are already responsible water managers,” says IrrigationNZ CEO Andrew Curtis.

Water use data for the 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013 year shows between 13.91% and 65.1% of allocated surface and groundwater across Canterbury was taken for irrigation. Water use was heaviest in the Orari-Opihi-Pareora, Ashburton and Selwyn-Waihora Zones which correlates with significant irrigation activity in those areas.

A change in the way Environment Canterbury analyses and presents water use does mean the data should be treated as ‘indicative-only’, says Mr Curtis.

“This report contains data from less than 40% of consented water takes with rates five litres per second and greater. Since June last year, hundreds more farmers across the region have installed water metering systems so next year’s report and those that follow will be significantly more accurate. In the next couple of years we’ll have a much better picture of true water use based on farmers’ actual water use.”

Mr Curtis says despite a lower than expected water use increase, there is still plenty irrigators can do to improve their management of water.

“IrrigationNZ will roll out our SMART irrigation programme this year to support farmers in keeping up with the technologies, skills and management systems necessary to drive water efficient irrigation. We’ll also continue to talk to central and regional government about the allocation and transfer system for water takes. These need to be dynamic if we are to drive the best possible return to the community from New Zealand’s natural resources.”

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Werewolf Issue #49: Gordon Campbell Interviews Laila Harre

For 25 years, Labour and National have been in virtual agreement about the basics of economic policy, and differed mainly on how to go about managing its social consequences.

Such is the power of the economic orthodoxy that when opposition parties arise – say, in the shape of the Greens – their “credibility” is measured by the extent to which they give the appearance of learning and abiding by the ruling consensus.

The tension between the desire for change – and the inability of the current political framework to deliver it – creates openings for populists of all stripes. It is what has made the emergence of Internet Mana so interesting. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Gordon Campbell: On National’s Electorate Deals

For all the talk yesterday from Prime Minister John Key about National being transparent about its electorate deals in Epsom and Ohariu, that transparency is entirely front-loaded. More>>

ALSO:

Greens: Oil Drilling Face-Off With Labour

The key policy points in the Green Party’s plan to protect our beaches from oil spills are to:
1. Prohibit deep sea oil drilling; 2. Implement compulsory shipping lanes for coastal shipping; 3. Build Maritime New Zealand’s oil spill response capability; and 4. Introduce a stronger legal framework so that when accidents do happen, the New Zealand taxpayer does not have to pay for the clean-up. More>>

ALSO:


Nick Smith v Fish & Game:

Minister Told Of FBI Investigation, Says INZ: Coleman Must Quit Or Be Sacked Over Dotcom Case - Harré

Immigration New Zealand has done the right thing in distancing itself from Jonathan Coleman’s claims that ministers were not aware of FBI involvement in Kim Dotcom’s residency application, says the Internet Party. More>>

ALSO:

Valedictory Season: Maori Party Founders Say Goodbye

Two major Maori MPs gave there farewell speeches to Parliament Thursday outlining their history, experiences, triumphs and regrets. More>>

ALSO:

Resignation Not Accepted: Transport Minister Breaches Aviation Security Rules

"Running late for a plane at Christchurch Airport, I without thought breached airport and airline security rules by entering the gate lounge through a door usually used for exit only..." More>>

ALSO:

TAIC Report: Urgent Recommendations After Melling Rail Accident

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission has made four urgent recommendations to KiwiRail following the accident two months ago (27 May) when a Matangi passenger train collided with a stop block at Melling Station, Lower Hutt. More>>

ALSO:

Red Tape: Local Regulations Go Under Microscope

The Government says it is accepting nearly all of the recommendations the Productivity Commission has made on ways to improve local regulations. More>>

ALSO:

Spending Questions: Claudette Hauiti To Step Aside At Election

National Party President Peter Goodfellow confirms that he has received notification from List MP Claudette Hauiti that she plans to step aside at the 20 September election. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news