Water Quality Targets

Otago has some of the best water quality in New Zealand and we want to keep it that way. We assess water quality through our network of monitoring sites which measure the state and trends of water quality around the region.

During the summer month (December to March) we carry out recreational water quality monitoring at 25 popular swimming spots around Otago (rivers, lakes, and beaches). The results of this weekly monitoring are available on LAWA.  Samples are taken every Monday with the results being available on Wednesday. 

 

Regional Swimming Targets for Otago

In Otago, 82% of our rivers and lakes are swimmable (as defined by the NPSFM). That said, we’re not going letting that success get in the way of making more progress! We’ve set our own regional targets and are working toward making sure 90% of rivers and 98% of lakes are swimmable by 2030, and 95% of rivers and 100% of lakes are swimmable by 2040. Read more

Swimming Survey

Thank you to all that have completed our swim survey. Winners were drawn on 28 February 2018. Read more

Draft Regional Swimming Targets for Otago

In 2017, Government amended the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management (Freshwater NPS) to better reflect the people’s desire for rivers and lakes to be suitable for swimming. Read more

Progressive Implementation Programme

The National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2014(amended 2017) identifies that the quality, health, availability and economic value of fresh water, both surface and groundwater, in New Zealand is under threat. Read more

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