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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IrrigationNZ welcomes new government funding for irrigation

18th May 2017

Today’s announcement of an additional $90 million funding for irrigation is great news for New Zealand communities, says IrrigationNZ CEO, Andrew Curtis. “Sustainable irrigated agriculture is New Zealand’s future. It underpins many of the provincial economies on the east coast….. Read more

‘Our fresh water 2017’ highlights the need for collective action

27th April 2017

The release of ‘Our fresh water 2017’ is a call to action for all New Zealanders, says IrrigationNZ CEO, Andrew Curtis. The report measures fresh water quality, quantity and flows, biodiversity and cultural health. “This report highlights the impact we….. Read more

Testing Irrigation Efficiency – what’s really going on on-farm

12th April 2017

IrrigationNZ has spent the summer gathering data on farms around Canterbury to get a better, more accurate understanding of irrigation efficiency. The results, say INZ Project Manager, Steve Breneger, will provide a benchmark for progress. “We’ve been on-farm for the….. Read more

EVENTS

Irrigation Fundamentals

August 8 @ 8:30 am - August 9 @ 5:00 pm

Irrigation fundamentals is a 2 day course targeting new entrants to the industry and frontline staff of businesses and organisations that provide services to the irrigation industry. The aim of the 2 days is to give people a comprehensive overview of the….. Read more

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 Accreditation

Smart Irrigation