Fresh water is a precious resource for our region and the Regional Council's role is to manage and protect it. In this section you can find helpful information about the work we do to manage water and how it relates to you.
|Key Water Topics|
|Water Use||Protecting Our Water|
|Regional Plans||Rotorua Lakes|
|Resource Consents||Swimming Water Quality|
|Water Pollution||Navigation Safety|
|Wetlands||Rivers and Drainage|
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What do we use water for?
Fresh water is one of our most precious resources. We use water for domestic, industrial, recreational and cultural purposes. Some of these uses include:
- Horticulture and agriculture frost protection and irrigation
- Generating power
- Drinking water supply
- Recreation including swimming, duck shooting, boating, fishing or passive and scenic enjoyment
There are two types of water that the Council is responsible for managing - surface water and groundwater.
Surface water is all the water that we can see, including: rivers, streams, lakes, drains, ponds, springs, and wetlands.
Groundwater is all the water contained below the earth surface in what we call aquifers. An aquifer is a wet underground layer of rock or loose materials (such as gravel, sand, silt, or clay) that holds water from which groundwater can be extracted by drilling a bore.