Since 2009, the percentage of water allocated through resource consents of the total water available to be allocated for use has risen substantially.
This indicator is the level of consented water allocation as a percentage of the amount of total water available for allocation in the Waikato region, measured at the Waikato River mouth during summer months each year.
The Waikato region has an abundance of fresh water but not all of it is actually available to be used (allocable). Efficiency of water use is an increasingly important issue in the Waikato region. Much of it needs to be retained in our rivers, lakes and aquifers (underground springs) to maintain their ecological, recreational and other qualities. We also need to protect our water sources to ensure we have sufficient clean drinking water and water for household use.
Measuring how much water is allocated each year helps us to protect our non-allocable water sources, for example for fish and other animals and plants living in the water. It also helps us to ensure people’s personal water use requirements are not compromised by commercial or business-related uses for water. This can include water use on farms and manufacturing facilities; or anywhere where activities or processes require a large amount of water.
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DATA SOURCE AND SUPPORTING INFORMATION
Data provided by Waikato Regional Council in the form of a spreadsheet.
Update details: Annual data are available from the Waikato Regional Council Water Calculator Database. Current yearly totals to 2016 were provided by Waikato Regional Council in January 2017.
Customised data request requirements: Contact Waikato Regional Council.
DATA AVAILABILITY – OTHER THAN WAIKATO REGION:
Territorial Authority (TA) disaggregation: No
Other regions: No
New Zealand: No
Other countries/ Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD): No