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.

Fresh Water Storage Guide


Wednesday 11 April–12 April

10:00 am - 17:00 pm

Join us for a two day Fertigation Master Class

When: 11th and 12th April 2018

Where: Lincoln Event Centre

Cost: $650 +GST

Places are limited so get in early to avoid disappointment.

The outcome of the class is to produce a resource that will provide irrigators with clear information for successful fertigation, including costs and benefits, good management practice knowledge resources and related training opportunities.

It will also enable irrigators and their service industries to inform and achieve any future regulations around fertigation equipment and practice.

The master class will help to unlock the future potential of fertigation in NZ through providing answers to the following questions –

  1. What are the costs and benefits of fertigation?
  2. What are the equipment options for fertigation and to which scenarios are they best applied?
  3. What does ‘good practice’ design, installation and management look like?

The programme involves presentations on each topic followed by discussion and agreement that these are industry accepted standards. There will be a field trip on the afternoon of day 1 as well as a dinner on the Wednesday night. Full programme will be released soon….

The price for the master class is $650 + GST

Notice of withdrawal: 7 days – 50% registration refunded or transferable to another person, 3 days – no refund – transferable to another person

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