25.13.1 Purpose

​​​a) This section contains objectives and policies that focus on the impact of subdivision, use and development on water resources, and on the need for an integrated provision of sustainable Three Waters​​ infrastructure in conjunction with development. Land-use planning is critical in minimising conflicts and sustaining water quality and quantity for future generations.​
b)​ Pressure on water resources in the region is increasing due to a growing population and the associated concentration of ​activities. This affects demand for water resources and Three Waters infrastructure (drinking water, wastewater and stormwater) which is managed by Council.​
c)​ Water quality of the Waikato River has declined over time. Although point-source pollutants have reduced since the 1970s, non-point sources now comprise the majority of nutrient and sediment inputs into the Waikato River and its tributaries. Water quality in Lake Rotoroa has improved over time; however it still suffers from algal blooms attributed to high nutrient levels and from time to time is closed to contact recreation. ​
d)​ As a municipal water provider, Council has three significant resource consents for the taking of water for municipal purposes and discharging of wastewater and stormwater. In complying with these consent conditions, and as a responsible water manager, Council must impose standards and conditions on development within the City. ​
As part of the Waikato River Settlement between the Crown and Waikato-Tainui, Te Ture Whaimana o Te Awa o Waikato – The Vision and Strategy for the Waikato River has been developed and must be given effect to. It is the primary direction-setting document for the Waikato River and its catchments, which include the lower reaches of the Waipa River, and outlines the vision for the Waikato River as:
“Tooku awa koiora me oona pikonga he kura tangihia o te maataamuri
The river of life, each curve more beautiful than the last
Our vision is for a future where a healthy Waikato River sustains abundant life and prosperous communities who, in turn, are all responsible for restoring and protecting the health and wellbeing of the Waikato River, and all it embraces, for generations to come.”
Page reviewed: 17 Mar 2016 3:34pm