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Protecting Our Water

There are many challenges in maintaining and protecting our water. Our key concerns include:

  • Habitat disturbance for important freshwater species
  • Water quality
  • Water levels

There are a number of factors which impact on water including:

  • Change in land use and poor land management practices that cause things like streambank erosion and sediment run-off
  • Overuse of water in catchments
  • Contamination of groundwater (water that falls as rain and ends up underneath the earth) by uncapped or open retired bores
  • Discharges and land run-off to waterways and groundwater containing contaminants and excess nutrients 
  • Flooding and erosion within a catchment
  • Drought
  • Modification of water ways

The Bay of Plenty Regional Council works alongside landowners, communities and stakeholders to reduce all negative impacts to water.

What can I do?

There are lots of ways you can act sustainably and help to improve and maintain our water. Here are a few examples for you to consider.

Seek Advice

  • Talk to Regional Council staff if you wish to carry out an activity in a waterway or take water.

Protect Waterways

  • Fence off water bodies such as streams, rivers, swamps, wetlands to prevent stock entering waterways which can cause erosion and contamination. 
  • Plant banks of waterways to prevent erosion and trap sediments that would otherwise flow into waterways.
  • Operate farm dairy effluent irrigators effectively by regularly moving them to prevent effluent ponding and run-off into waterways.
  • Form a care group with your neighbours and work together to create better land management practices that protect your local waterways.
  • Keep hazardous substances (such as oil and pesticides) out of our storm water system and away from groundwater wells.
  • Make sure you close off/cap any old bores you have to avoid water contamination and pollution.

Conserve Water

  • Water your garden in the in the early morning or late evening to minimise evaporation.
  • Fix leaky taps, hoses and water pipes as these can waste a lot of precious water.
  • Install a rainwater collection system and use the water for your garden or dairy shed.

For more water conservation tips check out the links below:

District Council Link directly to your local District Council water section
Western Bay of Plenty District Council
Tauranga City Council
Opotiki District Council
Whakatāne District Council
Kawerau District Council
Rotorua District Council