Irrigation New Zealand

This guide has been designed to help irrigators through the process of constructing a freshwater storage facility for irrigation – also known as building a dam!

It takes you through each part of the dam-building process – from concept through to construction and sign-off. It includes information on council requirements and engaging professionals (like designers and engineers).

What will a dam mean to you and your farming system?

A correctly designed and constructed pond will provide:

  • Surety of supply (reliability).
  • Flexibility – you choose when you irrigate.
  • Effective utilisation of water.
  • Reduced risk of non-compliance.

Through the feasibility, design and construction phases of the pond you need to ensure:

  • You have enough water to recharge the dam every year – or the recharge period for which it is designed.
  • Consideration has been given to the lining material – clay or arti cial.
  • The dam is the appropriate size for you irrigation area and crops.
  • The pond meets all Regional and District Council Resource Management and Building Act requirements.

It introduces the fundamental questions that need to be answered before, and whilst engaging third party professionals, to deliver the most suitable on-farm storage option for your needs.

The audience for this book are irrigators who are looking to build small embankment dams or embankment storage ponds.
It provides a detailed outline of the decision making process required to ensure you build storage that is best suited to your needs along with basic design and construction information.

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NEWS

Irrigation investment vital for regions and for climate change adaptation

24th October 2017

A Labour and Green commitment to wind down Government loan funding for irrigation ignores irrigation’s vital role in regional growth and in climate change adaptation, says nonprofit membership body IrrigationNZ. “We note the Labour-New Zealand First coalition agreement has a….. Read more

Common sense prevails on water tax

20th October 2017

IrrigationNZ says that a decision by the new government not to introduce a water tax would be a victory for common sense. IrrigationNZ Chief Executive Andrew Curtis has congratulated Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and the new government. Speaking to media….. Read more

Irrigation Innovation Award – entries now open

26th September 2017

Farms and businesses with new products, technologies, or practices that exemplify innovation in irrigation are being encouraged to enter IrrigationNZ’s ‘Innovation in Irrigation Award’, sponsored by Southern Wide Real Estate. The highly prestigious award promotes innovation in irrigation and has a….. Read more

Call for abstracts to benefit irrigators 

26th September 2017

IrrigationNZ is inviting short abstracts to be submitted on irrigated related topics for its 2018 Conference to be held in Central Otago, New Zealand. The conference has the theme of unlocking a golden future and IrrigationNZ is seeking to highlight new,….. Read more

Water tax ‘not about water bottlers’ – they’ll pay less than 3%

22nd September 2017

Labour leader Jacinda Ardern should not answer questions about the party’s proposed water tax by saying it’s about targeting water bottlers, says IrrigationNZ. When Labour Leader Jacinda Ardern was asked in last night’s TVNZ Leader’s Debate whether rural New Zealand….. Read more

EVENTS

Irrigation Operator and Manager Training – Darfield

November 29 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Proudly supported by our Training Partners             TRAINING FOR IRRIGATION OPERATORS AND MANAGERS – IMPROVE YOUR IRRIGATION SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE DARFIELD Where: Darfield Rec Centre When: 10am- 4pm Wednesday 29th November 2017 Cost: IrrigationNZ Members $350 +GST and Non-members $550….. Read more

New Zealand Certificate in Irrigation System Design

January 18, 2018 - January 19, 2018

Acquire the specialist skills required to design technically efficient and environmentally sustainable irrigation systems. This certificate is suitable for people with prior knowledge and experience in irrigation. You will be required to design two different irrigation systems so will need….. Read more

Irrigation Accreditation

Smart Irrigation