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Fact Sheets


ORC has a number of Water Fact Sheets on their website which we have made available below for quick access. 


Day-to-day activities can result in elevated levels of sediment, nutrients and E. Coli entering waterways but, through the use of the good management practice outlined in these documents, this can be avoided.


The Fact Sheets / Guides below have been developed to point you in the right direction. They will also tell you the permitted and prohibited activities under the Water Plan.


Permitted activity rules describe activities that, subject to conditions, do not require a resource consent. Prohibited activity rules describe activities that are not permitted under any circumstances.


While these documents are presented as Fact Sheets and offer up guidelines, we recommend you contact your industry organisation to find out more good management practice information as it relates to you.


Bridges and Culverts

 This Fact Sheet provides details on a number of Rules: 

  • The construction and design of bridges (Rule and culverts (; 

  • Disturbance of the bed of a river, lake, or wetlands (waterways) during construction (Rule; 

  • Controlling runoff from laneways bridges and culverts (Rule 12.C.1.1); 

  • Impacts of stock crossing through waterways, and; 

  • Design factors to consider

Click HERE for a copy of the Bridges and Culvert Fact Sheet.


Effluent Management: 

This Factsheet provides details on Rule 12.C.0.2 Otago Water Plan:

  • Discharges to water and runoff

  • Saturated soils

  • Ponding

  • Solids, sludge and slurry.

Click HERE for a copy of the Effluent Management Fact Sheet.


Sediment in Water from Land Disturbance and Runoff:

This Fact Sheet provides details on:

  • Land disturbance sediment - Rule 12.C.0.3 Otago Water Plan

  • Sediment runoff - Rule 12.C.1.1 Otago Water Plan

Click HERE for a copy of Sediment in Water Fact Sheet.


Silage and Compost Leachate:

This Fact Sheet provides details on:

  • Prohibited activities – discharge of leachate - Rule 12.C.0.2 Otago Water Plan

  • Setback Distances - (Waste Plan rule: 7.6.12 for composting, and rule: 7.6.14 for silage).

  • Practice Requirements - (Waste Plan rule: 7.6.12 for composting, and rule: 7.6.14 for silage).

  • Feeding out - (Water plan rule:

  • Construction - (Waste Plan rule: 7.6.12 for composting, and rule: 7.6.14 for silage. Water plan rule: 12.C.0.2) If you want to undertake silage and composting activity and cannot meet these rules and conditions, you must obtain a resource consent.

Click HERE for your Silage and Compost Fact Sheet.

Stock Access To Waterways:

This Fact Sheet provides details on Water Plan Rule

  • Where does this rule apply?

  • How does the Stock Access Rule apply to drains or water races?

  • What is pugging?

  • When do I need to be especially careful about stock access?

  • Can I drive my stock through waterways? Water Plan rule

Click HERE for your Stock Access to Waterways Fact Sheet.

What is a River?:

This Fact Sheet provides details on:

  • Legal definition

  • How to identify a river 

  • What’s not a river 

  • Identifying farm drains

Click HERE for your What is a River? Fact Sheet.

Working in Waterways:

This Fact Sheet provides deails on Otago Water Plan Rule 13.5.1:

  • The types of activity that may not need a consent

  • The activities that will need a consent 

  • How to apply for a consent 

  • Working in artificial drains 

  • Protecting freshwater species while you work 

  • The permitted activity conditions applying to different types of work

Click HERE for your Working in Waterways Fact Sheet.

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