Providing reliable, economic and sustainable supply

Waimakariri Irrigation Ltd (WIL) is a run-of-river scheme with resource consent to take water from the Waimakariri River to irrigate 23,000 hectares. It is one of the largest schemes in the South Island. Ensuring farmers actively manage irrigation to guarantee water is being used efficiently is central to the core of WIL.

Environmental stewardship is a vital part of WIL’s daily operations. The company is recognised as a leader in water management, providing access to a reliable, economic and sustainable supply.

June 6, 2024
WIL supports Cust Preschool planting project

WIL supports Cust Preschool planting project

A group of preschoolers from Cust Preschool planted 102 of their native seedlings at the Jack Graham Reserve in Cust last month. The preschoolers grew the… Read More
June 6, 2024
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Students raise and plant native seedlings for biodiversity project

A group of year 5 Swannanoa School students saw their yearlong native seedling project come to fruition when they planted half of their seedlings at Brian… Read More
June 6, 2024

Connectivity key to Waimakariri biodiversity project

During the last seven years over 5000 native seedlings have been planted as part of Waimakariri Irrigation’s biodiversity project. The project was launched in 2018 after… Read More
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Wright’s Road Storage Ponds

In 2007 WIL purchased a 120 ha property at Wright’s Road, Burnt Hill, North Canterbury. In June 2013 WIL was granted a building consent to construct an 8.2 million m3 water storage facility.

The water in the storage ponds will be used to augment water from the irrigation scheme when water from the run-of-the-river supply is limited or unavailable, due to either high flow or low flow conditions in the Waimakariri River.

The reliability of the water is a relatively low 75% and the addition of storage would allow it to be lifted to a relatively high 92% level.

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