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World Water Day - 22 March 2018

World Water Day highlights the importance of water. The theme for World Water Day 2018 is ‘Nature for Water’ – exploring nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century.

Freshwater (our rivers, lakes, streams, wetlands and groundwater) is essential to life, work and play; it sustains the things we value.  

The Bay of Plenty region’s water quality and supply is generally good but it’s under increasing pressure and needs improvement in some locations. Regional Council is investing more than $30 million each year into work with local people to care for the region’s natural freshwater.

You can see water quality monitoring results and trends for Bay of Plenty waterways at, and check on bacteria and algae levels at more than 80 popular swimming spots at

Water monitoring map

Receive regular updates

Follow our Keeping water clean or Improving water allocation project pages to receive regular updates about Council's water work, or subscribe to our two-monthly Freshwater Flash e-newsletter.

You can help

Everyone has a role to play in keeping our waterways clean and healthy. You can make a difference at home, work and when enjoying the outdoors, see here>>

Or get involved in a local event or care group. There's lots of water focused events in the March Sustainable Backyards programme, here's a few:

For kids

  • Check out Precious Wai (pdf, 3.5MB)  - a special edition of our Pollution Busters magazine that's packed with fun facts and activities about caring for water in the Bay of Plenty 
  • Put your catchment management skills to the test with Aqua republica - a serious online game
  • Teachers can use our Waiora Resource Kit, to help students learn about the water cycle and how to sample water quality with your class

Find out more

Download our Water Booklet (pdf, 13.6MB) for an overview of how Regional Council manages and monitors the region's water quality and quantity.