Waikato Regional Council's Water Shortage Risk Mitigation Plan sets out efficient and effective management to anticipate and cope with periods of water shortage due to weather conditions in the Waikato region. This Plan aims to prevent water supplies running out, and suggests proactive measures that can be taken to reduce community vulnerability before a water shortage occurs. Risk mitigation plans define the roles of Waikato Regional Council, district councils, and the community in managing the impacts of potential natural hazard events.
The Waikato region does not normally experience the extremes of water shortage that occur in the historically recognised 'drought' areas of New Zealand (Central Otago, East Cape, Marlborough). However there is still a slight chance that extreme water shortage could affect the Waikato region if major changes in weather patterns occur, affecting our region’s river levels and rainfall.
Water shortages can affect:
Waikato Regional Council's Water Shortage Risk Mitigation Plan focuses on:
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View or print Waikato Regional Council's Water Shortage Risk Mitigation Plan from the document below, or order a printed copy of the Plan through our publications pages.
Water Shortage Risk Mitigation Plan
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|1||Hazard planning and management||1|
|Explanation and principal reasons for adopting||2|
|Environment results anticipated||6|
|2||Response and Recovery||8|
|Explanation and principal reasons for adopting||8|
|Environment results anticipated||10|
|3||Monitor and review||11|
|Explanation and principal reasons for adopting||11|
|Environment results anticipated||11|
|Appendix I:||Summary of actions – reducing adverse effects||13|
|Appendix II:||Summary of actions – response and recovery||14|
|Appendix III:||Summary of actions – monitor and review||15|
|Appendix IV:||Existing management - statutory||16|
|Appendix V:||Existing management – Environment Waikato documents||17|
|Appendix VI:||Water shortage response||18|
|Table 1:||Water shortage management options||6|
|Table 2:||Roles and responsibilities||7|
|Table 3:||Water shortage/drought warnings/advice||9|
|Table 4:||Media releases||10|
|Figure 1:||The planning framework||viii|
|Figure 2:||Water shortage hazard zonation within the Waikato Region||3|
|Figure 3:||Water shortage risk zonation within the Waikato Region||4|
|Figure 4:||Management of Regional water shortage events in the Waikato Region||9|