Farmers urged to check water rules, consents

Canterbury farmers, and those in the Waitaki Valley, have been warned to check about water restrictions as the new irrigation season begins.

Environment Canterbury (ECan) has urged farmers to check their water consents to ensure they know their irrigation restrictions based on minimum flow conditions put in place to safeguard river and stream values throughout the region.

They also need to check ECan's internet web page or phone-in system to find out what, if any, restrictions may be in place that could affect their irrigation takes.

That service is updated each afternoon, with restrictions applying from midnight for the next day.

It is the responsibility of the consent holder to check any restrictions, particularly when conditions can change significantly within a day.

According to the ECan website yesterday, the only restrictions were in parts of the Opihi, Waimakariri and Ashley catchments.