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Otago region

Surface Water Zone: Manuherikia Catchment

The Manuherikia Catchment water management zone covers an area of 302358 hectares. The Manuherikia catchment is heavily overallocated, largely as a result of the use of historic deemed permits to allocate water. The Otago Water Plan includes provisions to address this through the conversion of all deemed permits to resource consents by thier expiry in 2021. Falls Dam in the upper Manuherikia catchment is managed to augment flows in the Manuherikia to maintain a minimum flow at Ophir and to supply water for irrigation purposes.

 A number of irrigation races take water from the Manuherikia and its tributaries to supply irrigators within and outside of the Manuherikia catchment. There are several Creeks in the catchment that are sourced mainly from flood irrigation runoff, and will likely become ephemeral as more efficient techniques are phased in.  There is a minimum flow of 820 l/s at Ophir.

Water Use
Surface Water in this Zone

Regional councils collect information about how much water is available and manage resource consents for those wishing to take water from rivers and streams. Use the buttons below to view information on: how much water is available, where it comes from and how its used.


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  • How much surface water is there in this zone?

    Rainfall and flow in this surface water zone

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    Rainfall and runoff

    Relative breakdown Source Volume
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    Runoff total:
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    The table above shows the average amount of rainfall the water management zone receives each year and how much of that flows out to sea. These are approximate figures only.

  • Water consents: How much water is consented and used?

    Surface water available to consent

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    Consented water in this surface water zone

    Use the tables below to look at how much water is available compared with how much is actually consented within this water management zone. Click the plus to expand subzones where available

    Comparing consents and use
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    The table above shows the amount of water that is available for use compared to the amount that has been consented. The ‘Total Consented’ and ‘Total Consented and Measured’ fields are based on percentages of the ‘Total available to Consent’ field. If this field is not populated no data will be displayed. Some consents require actual use to be monitored and this is presented as 'Total measured volume Used' where available.

    Otago Regional Council is currently tranisitioning to a new water management plan and, consequently, cannot provide all the data requested by LAWA. More data will be added as it becomes available. 

  • Water consents: How is consented water used?

    Consents by use in this surface water zone

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    Consented water

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    Relative breakdown
    Activity Percentage of total consented Total volume Number of consents
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    The above table shows the proportion of water consented for irrigation, industrial, stock, town supply and other. It excludes hydro electricity. In this region/management zone {{hydroUsage.totalVolume}} m3/year is consented for hydro-electricity and makes up {{hydroUsage.percentageConsented}}% of the total water volume consented for this region/management zone

    Data on consents held with Otago Regional Council is currently unavailable. Otago Regional Council is currently working on providing this for display on LAWA, check back later this year. 


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