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Land-based irrigation trials

2021 09 28a

Local trials are expected to soon get underway around land-based irrigation and storage of Wairoa’s wastewater.

Last year, the Wairoa District Council was granted a town wastewater discharge resource consent by the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council. The consent includes revised conditions incorporating milestones for land irrigation and storage with a requirement that land-based irrigation is expected to be taking place across 50 hectares of land within the next five years.

An application for a consent for the first stage of land-based irrigation has now been lodged with the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council so exploratory work and trials can get underway.


Wairoa District Council Chief Executive Officer Kitea Tipuna said Council has been working through the design phase of treated wastewater disposal to land and the trial involving land adjacent to the wastewater plant will help inform the direction of a more permanent solution.

“Improving the water quality of the Wairoa River is a goal of Council’s and the community and land-based irrigation is identified as the best way to achieve that.”

3 February 2022

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