Irrigation New Zealand

Each type of irrigation system functions differently, so different methods of assessment are needed. Fortunately, many performance indicators are common, so although irrigation systems need to be measured in different ways, the performance of irrigation systems is easily comparable.

An irrigation performance assessment focuses on a set of key checks

  • Is the system applying the expected depth of water?
  • Is it applying the water evenly (uniformly)?
  • Is it applying the water at a rate that the soil can accept?
  • Is the energy use reasonable?
  • What is causing any non-performance?

Performance Assessment Code of Practice 2015

Irrigation Technical Glossary 2015

Explanation of the Code of Practice:

PART A Introduces the process and requirements to carry out operational checks, and annual and full performance assessments. It also outlines how to report your findings.

PART B  Provides initial checklists for compliance and water supply.

Performance COP Parts A and B

PARTS C – H

Parts C – H are system specific processes for measuring irrigation performance.

The Code recognises three different levels of irrigation system performance assessment. In increasing level of complexity, system performance assessment includes –

  1. Operational checks
  2. System calibration (annual performance assessment)
  3. In-field performance assessment (full performance assessment)

Performance Assessment Code of Practice Part C – Micro-Irrigation

Performance Assessment Code of Practice Part D – Solid Set

Performance Assessment Code of Practice Part E – Sprayline

Performance Assessment Code of Practice Part F – Travelling Irrigator

Performance Assessment Code of Practice Part G – Linear

Performance Assessment Code of Practice Part H – Centre Pivot

 

PART I

Part I contains additional assessments for energy efficiency and seasonal irrigation efficiency

Performance Assessment Code of Practice Part I

INZ delivers a certificate in irrigation performance assessment. This is underpinned by the Performance Assessment Code of Practice.

Irrigation Performance Assessment Qualifications and Training

Register of certified irrigation performance assessors

NEWS

Why tax irrigation to improve rivers if irrigated regions already have more swimmable rivers?

16th August 2017

IrrigationNZ is further challenging Labour’s plan to tax water used for irrigation to fund the clean-up of rivers after an analysis of the latest Ministry for the Environment data on water quality showed rivers in areas with irrigation are more….. Read more

‘Let’s Answer This’ – Questions mounting as New Zealanders demand answers on water tax

15th August 2017

‘Let’s Answer This’, a campaign to get key questions on Labour’s proposed water tax answered is gathering momentum –  while the fundamentals remain unclear. The questions were sent to Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern on Friday 11th August by non….. Read more

“Labour – Let’s Answer This” – New Zealander’s deserve answers on water tax

11th August 2017

In the absence of a policy from the Labour Party, the organisation representing irrigating farmers is seeking answers from Labour Leader Jacinda Ardern on how a new water tax on irrigation might work. “The Labour Party’s glib and misleading announcement….. Read more

Water conservation order threatens 1800 jobs in Hawke’s Bay and iconic Kiwi produce and wine

3rd August 2017

New Zealanders’ access to affordable local apples and stonefruit, along with around 1800 jobs in Hawke’s Bay, are under threat from a proposal to impose a water conservation order on the Ngaruroro River, says Irrigation New Zealand. The proposed water….. Read more

New irrigation rules could hurt Canterbury economy

25th July 2017

Irrigation New Zealand has lodged an appeal against new Environment Canterbury irrigation rules it says are unachievable and which could affect the viability of farming in Canterbury. It is estimated that irrigation contributes over $5 billion to New Zealand’s economy…… Read more

EVENTS

New Zealand Certificate in Irrigation System Performance Assessment

September 18 @ 8:30 am - September 20 @ 5:00 pm

Gain the skills and knowledge to carry out assessments of irrigation systems in order to determine how efficiently they are operating. This Level 4 NZQA certificate runs for 7 months and requires some previous knowledge and experience in irrigation. You….. Read more

Irrigation Operator and Manager Training – Cromwell

September 26 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Proudly supported by our Training Partners             TRAINING FOR IRRIGATION OPERATORS AND MANAGERS – IMPROVE YOUR IRRIGATION SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE CROMWELL Where:  Otago Polytech, Bannockburn Rd, Cromwell – Rm 12 When: 10am- 4pm Tuesday 26th September 2017 Cost: IrrigationNZ Members $350 +GST….. Read more

Irrigation Accreditation

Smart Irrigation