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Last updated: 2 August, 2010
Name of Applicant Group: Environment Waikato
Contact person: Dr Edmund Brown
Address: PO Box 4010, Hamilton East 3247
Telephone: 07 859 0715
CIF funding: $45,000
Total project funding: $155,000
Proposed start date: 2009-07
Proposed finish date: 2010-06
Community Irrigation Fund Final Report
Verification of Soil-Moisture Model and Assessment of Water Reliability of Farm Production
The aim of the project is to ensure irrigation water is used more efficiently and to facilitate new irrigation development in situations of lower water supply reliability by:
To date irrigators in the Waikato have largely relied on readily available “run of river” water to enable irrigation. However, with increasing competition, this “run of river” is nearly fully utilised. This inability to access readily available water is expected to be a significant barrier to future investment in irrigation in the Waikato Region.
To reduce this barrier the Waikato Regional Council has the opportunity to provide information:
The Waikato is a key agricultural area of New Zealand. However, competition for water by hydro electricity generators and municipal water supplies has resulted in significantly less water being available for irrigation. Where Council policy prioritises these uses above irrigation there is a need to provide information to remove a knowledge barrier which will otherwise restrict continued investment in irrigation in the region.
Monitor and evaluate irrigation practices of a number of irrigation sites to improve the accuracy of an existing irrigation water demand model.
The model, combined with information about method of irrigation; irrigation management practices and seasonal production will be used to determine the water use productivity and supply reliability for different crops.
Nearly all activities are fully complete. All field measurements have been analysed and reported in a draft report. This is currently being reviewed by Environment Waikato staff. A final report is expected in August.