Rural Services

We work in partnership with heartland businesses, farmers, and growers to manage their natural resources, particularly water, in a way where rural enterprise, communities, and environments are able to co-exist.

Our rurally focused ‘Water for Agriculture’ team is made up of pragmatic, capable people who understand that rural businesses are a way of life, not just a job.

WSP has been involved in the development of much of the infrastructure in heartland New Zealand for generations through our Ministry of Works roots.

We work for a diverse range of clients, from small privately owned enterprises and farms, through to large corporate or government entities.

Our regionally based rural team includes project managers, civil, geotechnical, mechanical and electrical engineers, surveyors, scientists and planners.  This team of respected industry specialists has also been the extensively involved in developing best practice guidelines within primary industries such as the IPENZ practice notes for DairyNZ and the New Zealand Irrigation Design Code of Practice.


We can provide you with:

  • Extensive experience in managing diverse and technically challenging projects from planning and design through to construction & operation performance improvement
  • Qualified and experienced staff from a wide range of professions to be able to provide a one-stop shop
  • Conveniently located offices countrywide
  • The ability to provide commercially independent and consistently high quality service.



Much of our work in the rural sector focuses on understanding water supply and quality, and planning for efficient and sustainable water use. Our services include:

Feasibility studies

Whilst a feasibility study is often initiated to facilitate a commercial decision, we take pride in looking ahead and providing an output that supports...

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Community water schemes

The WSP approach to Irrigation Scheme Studies and Design involves deploying technical, scientific, financial, and people-orientated skillsets…

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Asset Management

Heartland and agricultural business success can often be dependent on effective asset management plans.

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On-farm water storage and irrigation

Constructing dams for freshwater storage is a complicated process and one where you need the right people working for you.

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Land and nutrient management

Effective and sustainable land and nutrient management is fundamental to rural business success and long term operational viability.

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Farm and dairy effluent

The WSP team provides independent and impartial advice for the design and management of dairy-farm effluent systems that are tailor-made...

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Pond Drop Test

The Pond Drop Test is an easy, effective way to monitor effluent pond level change and is the only test available that meets Regional Council requirements.

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Fit for purpose infrastructure is essential to rural enterprises functioning in an efficient, effective and compliant manner.

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