We value our waterways. Surface water quality is essential for supporting ecosystems, recreation, cultural values and the health of residents.

Changes to our Community Outcomes and Strategic Priorities

The Council approved a new 2020 strategic framework on 19 December 2019 and this is currently part of the consultation document on the annual plan.

Information on our revised Community Outcomes and Strategic Priorities is currently being developed.

Minimum water flows in streams and rivers are necessary to protect the health of waterways and safeguard drinking water supplies.

What this means for our district

  • Water quality in our rivers, streams, lakes, and wetlands progressively improves
  • Waterways and beaches are safe for recreation
  • An increasing proportion of our waterways support mahinga kai

How we are contributing

Our storm water drains empty into rivers and streams. Storm water runoff is the chief driver of water quality in urban areas. Council is committed to improve our practices and lead by example to reduce pollutants getting into our waterways. A number of storm water management plans seek to manage surface water and drainage issues. Education campaigns are planned to show how the community can work together to improve our waterways.

Council is a co-governor of the Whakaora Te Waihora (Lake Ellesmere) programme (external link)which seeks to improve water quality and restore significant cultural sites and mahinga kai in the area.

How you can help

Keeping toxins out of storm water is one of the best ways to help water quality in our streams. Ask your mechanic about switching to copper-free brake pads next time they need replacing. Copper from brake pads gets washed off roads and into drains which then pollute waterways. Wash your car on the lawn rather than on the driveway to avoid detergent running into the drains. Pick up rubbish you see near waterways to stop it blowing into the water. If your old zinc roof needs replacing, use different products that avoid zinc runoff into our drains and waterways.