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.

Download Full PDF file Here.

 

 

NEWS

Free irrigation workshop for Bay of Plenty farmers

18th January 2018

Bay of Plenty dairy farmers have the opportunity to join a free workshop showing them how to optimise their irrigation use. The workshop will be run by IrrigationNZ and will cover how to assess how well irrigation systems are performing…… Read more

Irrigation Workshops – Marlborough and Tasman

7th December 2017

With challenging dry conditions continuing across the Upper South Island, Marlborough and Tasman irrigators will have the opportunity to find out how to be more efficient in their water use at upcoming workshops hosted by IrrigationNZ. “Understanding how to monitor….. Read more

Advice for irrigators over a long, dry summer

7th December 2017

With much of New Zealand experiencing exceptionally dry conditions, IrrigationNZ has some advice for irrigators on how to make the most efficient use of water over summer. According to NIWA, several areas in the South and North Island came close….. Read more

Irrigation a boost for communities

4th December 2017

IrrigationNZ supports Minister of Regional Development Shane Jones’s announcement that regional economic development funding could support some water irrigation projects. “Water infrastructure plays a vital role in creating resilient rural communities,” says IrrigationNZ Chief Executive Andrew Curtis.  “Several New Zealand….. Read more

IrrigationNZ back to help improve irrigation management

23rd November 2017

IrrigationNZ will be back on farms this summer testing irrigation systems and helping farmers improve the efficiency of their irrigation. Last summer, IrrigationNZ in partnership with Environment Canterbury, developed a new testing programme which saw 131 Ashburton farms have their….. Read more

EVENTS

Irrigation Efficiency Summer Programme

November 7, 2017 - February 28, 2018

                                 Is your irrigation equipment operating as it should? What improvements could be made? These are questions that can be technically challenging and costly. To help irrigating farmers navigate to Good Management….. Read more

Irrigation Workshop – Motueka

January 22 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Proudly supported by our training partners              Join us for a 3 hour workshop on Irrigation Scheduling Building on your knowledge of soils, water and climate, how to schedule water application and the tools available to….. Read more

Irrigation Accreditation

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