6 Aug 2019

New dam rules too onerous, will cost farmers: lobby groups

From Nine To Noon, 9:05 am on 6 August 2019

Farmers are leery about proposed regulations on the structural integrity of hundreds of dams nationwide. Public submissions on the draft regulations close today. 

Existing safety rules do cover dam construction, but not their maintenance or operation.Farmers say the new rules will cost them a lot as they have to get their dams checked. And Irrigation New Zealand - which represents farmers and growers, says the threshold for what is considered a large dam under the proposed regulations is way too low. 

Kathryn speaks with CEO Elizabeth Soal, Otago Federated Farmers President Simon Davies and Peter Amos, Managing Director of Damwatch Engineering. 

An effluent pond on a dairy farm.

An effluent pond on a dairy farm. Photo: PHOTO NZ