Resource Management (Measurement and Reporting of Water Takes) Regulations 2010

5 Determining rate in litres/second for purposes of regulations
  • (1) The rate at which fresh water may be taken under a water permit, for the purposes of regulations 4(1) and 13(2), must be determined under this regulation.

    (2) If the permit specifies only 1 rate at which water may be taken in litres/second, then that is the applicable rate, even if the permit specifies any other rate.

    (3) If the permit specifies 2 or more rates at which water may be taken in litres/second, then the applicable rate is the greatest of those rates, even if the permit specifies any other rate.

    (4) Otherwise, the applicable rate is the greatest rate at which water may be taken under the permit, after applying the following rules:

    • (a) each rate specified in the permit must be converted into the average rate at which water may be taken in litres/second during the period to which the rate applies:

    • (b) any conversion of a period of time must ignore daylight saving time and leap years:

    • (c) if the permit specifies the amount of water that may be taken, but not the period of time during which the water may be taken, the permit is to be treated as if it allowed that amount of water to be taken each year:

    • (d) if the permit does not specify any rate at which water may be taken or any amount of water that may be taken, or specifies only a rate that is not a fixed number (for example, a rate that depends on the flow rate of a water body), then the permit is to be treated as if it specified a rate of 20 litres/second:

    • (e) a reference in the permit to a head or sluice-head is to be treated as a reference to water taken at a rate of 28.3 litres/second.