Flow requirements for Water Takes - 30th Jan 2017

The Otago Regional Council (ORC) is changing the Water Plan to improve how they assess the amount of water that should remain in a waterbody when water is taken out for use.

Currently when ORC considers an application to take water, the Water Plan requires an assessment of whether a 'residual flow' is required.   If so, this can be included as a condition of the water permit (a 'residual flow' is a quantity of water that must be left in the river at the point where water is taken).  When setting residual flow condition on a water permit, the ORC must consider the effects on aquatic ecosystems and natural character of the water body.

The review looks at how these flow requirements are considered in applications to take water under the Water Plan, and how we apply related conditions on any Water Permit the ORC grants.  The review could affect those who:

  • hold a water permit to take water (it will have an expiry date and may have a review condition, and you may wish to renew your permit in the future)
  • may need to apply for a water permit in the future
  • are interested in waterbodies or the flor/fauna that call them home.

The ORC are holding Drop-in Sessions to hear any issues you may have with the current system, and your opinions and ides on how to make them work better, so go along to their public sessions and talk to them.

Sessions are 1pm - 3pm and 6.30pm - 8.00pm (except Dunedin finishes at 7.30pm)

Oamaru - Monday 20 February 2017
Hotel Brydone, 115 Thames Street

Ranfurly - Tuesday 21st February 2017
Ranfulry Bowling Club, 19 John Street

Cromwell - Wednesday 22nd February 2017
Cromwell Sports Club, Barry Avenue

Arrowtown - Thursday 23rd February 2017
Arrowtown Bowling Club, 6 Hertford Street

Balclutha - Friday 24th February 2017
Balclutha St Johns Rooms, 7 High Street

Dunedin - Monday 27th February 2017
Dunninham Room, Dunedin City Library

For further information, including a quick facts sheet visit the ORC website
You can call Denise Anderson or Lisa Miers on 0800 474 082 or you can email
If you are unable to make a session you can post to Private Bag 1954, Dunedin 9054.  Feedback closes 3 March 2017.


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