With World Water Day on Friday 22 March, it’s the perfect time to have your say on how we protect our waterways, plan for our future daily water needs and prepare for resilience in severe weather events.
Ensuring we have clean, healthy water is essential to our future.
To help prepare for our future daily water needs, protect our waterways and maintain resilience in severe weather events, Auckland Council is developing a water strategy – and we’ve released the Our Water Future summary discussion document to get your input.
Andrew Chin, Auckland Council Water Portfolio Manager, explains why water is so important to our city, and why everyone should have their say:
“Protecting our streams, rivers, lakes and harbours is a top priority for Aucklanders, and there are big challenges that we need to tackle,” says Councillor Penny Hulse, chair of the council’s Environment and Community Committee.
“We’ve made a good start on some immediate issues like cleaning up our beaches and replanting our streams; however, there is much more we need to do to secure our water future.
“In Auckland, localised floods, slips and coastal erosion happen often. Although it rains frequently, we have to rely on our neighbours in the Waikato to meet our drinking water needs.
“As our population grows, and the impacts of climate change begin to bite, we need to think carefully about our water future.”
Have your say
Visit akhaveyoursay.nz to read the summary discussion document (or the full discussion document for more detail) and have your say by 19 April 2019.
Learn more about World Water Day.