To All Hawke’s Bay Landowners and Occupiers
Public Notice, Hawke’s Bay Today 3 September 2016
There are as many as 8000 bores across Hawke’s Bay accessing groundwater for home supply, stock water, industry, processing and irrigation. If you have a bore on your property, you have an obligation to keep it maintained and managed correctly. No-one is permitted to have a bore that leaks water into or from the bore.
Drilling, construction and alteration of bores requires a bore permit. You must ensure that bores are cased and sealed to prevent aquifer cross-connection and leakage from the surface into groundwater. Failure to do so may result in degradation of water quality that others depend on. Your well driller will be able to advise you.
Bore permits are issued to allow bores to be drilled. They are not transferred when ownership changes. Regardless of this, all landowners are responsible for maintaining any bores on their property to ensure they remain cased and sealed and that there is no cross contamination.
You can search HBRC’s Intramaps database for information about the existence/location of bores on your property - see the consents link at the foot of this page.
Bores that are no longer wanted must be properly decommissioned or sealed. Leaving an unwanted or leaking bore that is not consented can result in contamination and HBRC may take enforcement action to prevent this. Please check the Regional Resource Management Plan pages for specific requirements.
A securely protected well head
2 September 2016
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