Water is our most precious resource and throughout the world is increasingly threatened by pollution and over-allocation.
In the Waikato, we’re consistently being told that protecting and improving the region’s water quality is the number one environmental concern for our communities. That’s the case for the Waikato Regional Council too, which is why water is one of our strategic priorities.
Our fresh water is nearing its allocable limits and its quality is being impacted by such things as land use, discharges of various types and a changing climate.
We have a strong history of managing our region’s fresh water, and we have a significant amount of work underway aimed at protecting and improving the region’s water quality and quantity.
But it’s clear more needs to be done to protect the quantity and quality of our freshwater now and into the future, as the demands on it are expected to grow.
So we’re currently looking at our use of fresh water and a Waikato fresh water strategy will be created to allow our water to be best used to realise cultural, commercial and community expectations and requirements over the next 30 to 50 years.
The strategy will provide the basis to refresh Waikato Regional Council’s fresh water programme, and will be the foundation to work with others to achieve one of our strategic priorities of managing fresh water more effectively to maximise regional benefit.
We’ve done a significant amount of preparation work including the Let’s talk water engagement project and subsequent issues and opportunities paper, both of which are informing the Waikato fresh water strategy.
|February 2016||Discussion document approved by council|
|March 2016||Release of Let's talk water discussion document|
|March/April 2016||Feedback period - discussing the issues and seeking feedback from the regional community|
|May 2016||Council considers feedback and develops an issues and opportunities report|
|June 2016||Council considers Waikato regional freshwater issues and opportunities report|
|February - June 2017||Strategy development|
|July 2017||Council considers Waikato fresh water strategy for adoption|