Water is vital to our farms and our factories.
Our farmers need it to grow grass for their cows to feed on. Cows need it to drink.
It's needed in the dairy sheds for cooling milk, for washing the yards and for keeping milking equipment clean.
And at our factories we use it to maintain world class food safety and quality standards and for cooling our products.
On an international scale, New Zealand has an abundance of fresh water. But in some regions, it is not always in the right place at the right time. For example, in summer rain can be limited, particularly on the East
Coast of both islands. Irrigation schemes help capture, store and manage water so it’s available throughout the year. This means that land can be used to produce food and other products year-round.
In some regions – mainly Canterbury and Otago, but also parts of Marlborough, Tasman, Hawkes Bay, Manawatu and Waikato – our farmers rely on irrigation to supplement low rainfall in order to grow grass and crops for their cows.
Our farmers extract irrigation water from rivers and groundwater. In addition to ensuring water is used efficiently on their farms there are a number of ways the productivity of dryland areas can be enhanced, while ensuring there is sufficient water for nature and other users.
New Zealand's Total Consented Water Volume
EXCLUDING HYDROELECTRICITY USE
Canterbury accounted for 64 percent of the total consented volume of water for irrigation
MINISTRY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND STATS NZ
"OUR FRESH WATER 2017" REPORT.
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