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Irrigation Check Up Programme 2017-18

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council’s Irrigation Check Up programme is back.  This programme is running from December through to February 2019.   

The programme is aimed at increasing the adoption of good irrigation practice, by working with voluntary participants to check their irrigation systems, then provide them with feedback and results. It also involves a quick questionnaire to learn more about on farm management and scheduling.

Participants from the 2017 programme found the programme beneficial.  It helped to highlight areas for irrigation system improvements which could ultimately benefit productivity and reduce environmental impacts.

Irrigation NZ provides technical support for this programme and are also working on similar programmes around New Zealand.

What is the ‘Irrigation Check Up’ programme?

Irrigators can volunteer to get their systems checked by two students trained by Irrigation NZ and employed by HBRC.  

The programme involves a FREE basic irrigation check, often called a ‘bucket test’.  It assesses how even the irrigation water is being distributed i.e. distribution uniformity (DU) or emitter uniformity (EU).  It also compares a ‘target depth measurement’ to an ‘actual applied depth’, so irrigators know if they are under or over applying water.

How to get involved

To book your irrigation system in for a check this summer contact Monique Benson on 0274 966 138 or Kate Jefferd 027 370 0751 at HBRC, or email irrigationcheckup@hbrc.govt.n

More information

Irrigation NZ has more information on the Irrigation Check Up process, go to irrigationnz.co.nz search key word annual assessment.

Here is the Council Briefing Paper and Full Report from last year’s programme.

Irrigation Check-up Programme Evaluation

Please let us know if the Irrigation Check Up programme benefited you and if the results were useful by completing the evaluation form below. Your feedback will help us assess how effective the programme is. Thank you.

Follow this link if the form fails to load. online form.

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