Bores are holes that are constructed/installed to obtain water. All bore drillers have to provide the Council with a details of bores they have drilled (a bore log), and these bores are then registered on the Council's database. There are in excess of 4000 bores registered on the database, 169 of which were logged during 2008-09.
All bores drilled under resource consent from the Council are monitored to ensure they comply with the conditions of their consent. During 2008-09, 126 consented bores were monitored and 96 were found to be fully compliant. Of the remainder, 30 were found to have minor non-compliance. Formal enforcement action was taken on 3 occasions in 2008-09, due to multiple and repeat non compliance.
The Council also monitors resource consents that are issued for groundwater take. In 2008-09, 216 resource consents were monitored and 176 were found to be fully compliant. Of the remainder, 38 were found to have minor non-compliance and 2 were found to be significantly non-compliant.