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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
Western Bay of Plenty District Council
Tauranga City Council
Opotiki District Council
Whakatāne District Council
Kawerau District Council
Rotorua District Council