There are many challenges in maintaining and protecting our water. We listen to our communities and consider their values and priorities in our regional plans.
Our key concerns include:
- Habitat protection for important freshwater species.
- Water quality.
- Providing for people's sustainable water use.
- Recognising and providing for cultural values.
There are a number of factors which impact on water including:
- Changes in land use and poor land management practices that cause things like stream bank erosion, and nutrient 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 within a catchment.
- Modification of waterways.
We work alongside landowners, communities and stakeholders to reduce all negative impacts to water.
What can you 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.
- Talk to Council staff if you wish to carry out an activity in a waterway or take water.
- 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.
Talk to us, we can help with many of the above suggestions.
- Water your garden 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.