CAN I SWIM HERE? Waikato Regional Council measures water quality every month at sites in rivers and streams in our region..
Our rivers and streams give the Waikato region much of its distinctive character. Our region has mountain and lowland streams, wild and scenic rivers and the Waikato River.
Some of these places are home to plants and animals found nowhere else in the world.
Fresh water is important for the region’s economic, social and cultural wellbeing. We use our fresh water resource in many ways. Uses include:
Maori have strong cultural, traditional and historic links with our wetlands and inland waterways. These fresh water resources are spiritually significant and closely linked to the identities of the tangata whenua (people of the land).
Catchment land use affects the water quality of our rivers. Water quality in our rivers is:
Flooding and erosion can have major impacts on waterways. Waikato Regional Council's river and catchment management activities are designed to minimise these impacts.
Managing water quality for all uses is a high priority for Waikato Regional Council. Waikato Regional Council measures water quality every month in the Waikato River, the Waipā River and in other rivers and streams in our region.
We work with care groups in the region to decrease soil erosion and increase water quality.
Waikato Regional Council's provides advice and support for farmer efforts to reduce the impacts of farming on waterways through fencing and planting waterway margins. Find out more about our integrated catchment management services.
Waikato Regional Council works with community groups and other management agencies to protect peat lakes by setting water levels for them. Peat lakes are easily damaged by over drainage of neighbouring land.
There are many things we can do to improve and maintain our river water quality.
Check out our range of publications on freshwater resources in the Waikato region.
Learn more about Māori and their connection to fresh water.