Tagged: Water allocation

The legitimate use of science in managing water - Waiology

Waiology Mar 18, 2013

By Ian MacKenzie The Government has just released the discussion paper “Freshwater Reform 2013 and beyond“. It has three main recommendations: establish a national objectives framework, allow for collaborative community planning, and manage within quality and quantity limits using best industry practices. All three of these need sound information, preferably undisputed, and based on sound interpretation of the … Read More

Water governance – we’re getting into overdraft - Waiology

Waiology Mar 06, 2013

By Andrew Fenemor Like the challenge of balancing the household budget, we NZers are finding that despite being a ‘pluvial country’ we’re reaching allocation limits in many of our catchments. Looking back, 100+ years ago exploitation of water resources focused firstly on rivers. Then water use especially for irrigation and urban supplies moved to groundwater takes. Now as pumping … Read More

Water allocation and limit-setting in a changing climate - Waiology

Waiology Nov 20, 2012

By Daniel Collins Last week, the Land and Water Forum released its third and final report on water management in New Zealand. It is a substantial piece of collaborative work with 67 recommendations. Number 29 is that allocation limits be set by taking into account “any flow and water level fluctuations caused by seasonal or other climate variations”. While … Read More

Canterbury does not have 70% of New Zealand’s freshwater, it has 12% - Waiology

Waiology Oct 29, 2012

By Daniel Collins In the Christchurch Press today there is an article about the race to irrigate Canterbury. In it is the following statement: “Canterbury had 70 per cent of New Zealand’s fresh water resource, and 34 per cent of its hydro-generation capacity.” Unfortunately the 70% is an error that has appeared in the past and it is … Read More

Canterbury water use, 2010/11 - Waiology

Waiology Apr 10, 2012

Guest post by James Tricker, Principle Extension Services Officer, Environment Canterbury There are increasing expectations, both within the Canterbury community and also within a national context, that the relation between water allocation and water use is more strongly understood. The Environment Canterbury Water Use Report presents the information gathered on consented water use in Canterbury between 1 July 2010 and … Read More

Rainfall recharge to groundwater - Waiology

Waiology Jan 17, 2012

Guest post by Paul White, Senior Groundwater Scientist at GNS Science. Groundwaters are very important water resources in many New Zealand regions — important because they are used for water supplies (urban and rural) and because they supply flow to many springs, streams, rivers and wetlands. The two major inflows to groundwater are from rainfall and from surface … Read More