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Key challenges for water management

The region’s water quality and supply is generally good but it’s under increasing pressure and needs improvement in some locations.

Quantity: There is only so much water available for use, but the demand for it is increasing.

Quality: The region's freshwater quality is good compared to national standards. However, freshwater resources are under pressure with water quality declining and the mauri of water degraded in parts of the region.

Land use: How we're using the land can affect water quality and quantity.

Climate change: Changes in our climate could affect landuse, timing, amount and intensity of rainfall. Sea level rise may impact on aquifers and streams. There may be changes in both demand and availablity of water.