Bay of Plenty
The majority of surface water levels throughout the Bay of Plenty haven’t recovered since one of the worst droughts the region has seen was declared earlier in the year. Bay of Plenty Regional Council (council) are monitoring surface water flows and have been engaging with the industry on the potential for water restrictions to be imposed. The region is currently at level one of a three stage water shortage event.
Click here to view a dedicated Council webpage containing information related dry weather water management which contains valuable resources for Growers.
The week of 9 November 2020 saw a significant amount of rainfall across the region which will provide temporary relief to soil moisture deficits and will temporarily increase stream flows however it is likely with expected warm conditions and low rainfall that soil moisture and surface water levels will continue to be a challenge across the Bay of Plenty. Growers are encouraged to be efficient with irrigation and to invest in water storage if practical. You can read more about water storage here.