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
- 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.
- Talk to Regional 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.
- 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: