Extracting Water to Irrigate
The use of water races for any purpose other than stock water requires an application to Council. You can find more information in Council’s Water Race Policies on how the races are used and managed.
Incorrect take from the water race is an enforceable offence under the water race bylaw [PDF, 105 KB]. If supply is low, the Council may require all domestic irrigation to cease.
For non-commercial use
- Water race rate payers in all three schemes may apply to irrigate house gardens from the water race up to a maximum of 4,000 litres per day. Non-commercial irrigation for establishment of shelter-belts can be applied for, for a two year period.
- Select and fill in one of the following application forms:
- Please refer to our Water race connection requirements for garden use and shelter belts [PDF, 145 KB]
For commercial use
- Council hold an Environment Canterbury consent that allows water for commercial irrigation to be taken from the water race in the Paparua scheme.
Specific to Paparua Water Race Scheme
- Submit an application form if you wish to apply for taking water from a water race in the Paparua Water Race Scheme: Commercial Irrigation rights for Paparua scheme [PDF, 58 KB]