Barrhill Chertsey Irrigation Ltd (BCI) is looking forward to
expanding during the coming year, following the granting of
consents for land use and nutrient discharge.
Environment Canterbury has granted consent which will allow
the scheme to provide water to a maximum of 40,000ha of land.
The scheme is a joint venture between Barrhill Chertsey
Irrigation Limited, a co-operative company with nearly 200
farmer shareholders, and Electricity Ashburton Limited.
General manager John Wright said the scheme originally had
consent to sell water to 40,000ha but the notification of the
regional council's Land and Water Regional Plan had
Expansion of the scheme had been on hold for about 12 months
but the granting of consents meant new areas and infill could
be considered, Mr Wright said.
At present, water is supplied to 11,000ha in the upper plains
and a further 6000ha are supplied under a licence arrangement
through the Acton irrigation scheme.
The latest consents would mean users doing things
differently, Mr Wright said. They would have responsibilities
around reporting and monitoring to manage nitrogen losses
from farming systems. All irrigators will be required to
develop a farm environment plan by next July.