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We want to hear how you and your whānau use and value water, where the problems are and how you want to deal with these issues to improve the health of our freshwater.

Shape the future of water in Wellington and the Hutt Valley

Broken pipes and major leaks from ageing water infrastructure signals an urgent need for our councils and community to solve water quality issues. Our urban and rural streams are not meeting good water quality standards.

The Whaitua Te Whanganui-a-Tara Committee is a group of local residents, mana whenua, and council representatives, from the Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt and Wellington working together to plan for a better future for water.

Committee members are out in person and virtually having open and frank conversations with communities about what they believe the

Shape the future of water in Wellington and the Hutt Valley

Broken pipes and major leaks from ageing water infrastructure signals an urgent need for our councils and community to solve water quality issues. Our urban and rural streams are not meeting good water quality standards.

The Whaitua Te Whanganui-a-Tara Committee is a group of local residents, mana whenua, and council representatives, from the Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt and Wellington working together to plan for a better future for water.

Committee members are out in person and virtually having open and frank conversations with communities about what they believe the future of water quality should look like and to help design the tools and solutions that the committee will recommend to Greater Wellington.

Now is the time

Now is your once in a generation opportunity to shape the decisions the committee makes. Share your ideas about what the committee should do to address the issues of water quality and its use. There are several ways you can get involved:

  • Have your say online: The committee is eager to hear your concerns and ideas. Share your thoughts below.
  • Let’s chat (virtually or in person): Invite a committee member to speak at one of your events.
  • Be kept in the loop of project updates and future events: Click on the Recieve Project Updates button to be kept informed.
  • “Stormwater” refers to all the rain that falls on the city and suburban areas - including your roof, driveway and the road. Unlike wastewater, most stormwater isn’t treated before it flows into waterways. This contributes to contamination in our harbours and streams that threaten public health and aquatic ecosystems. 

    Major contributors and factors contributing to stormwater contamination in te Whanganui-a-tara include:

    • Metals, from things like brake pads and old/unpainted galvanised roofs
    • Wrongly connected or poorly maintained pipes, and wastewater overflows
    • Human activities, like putting paint down the drain, car washing, littering, and not picking up pet faeces 
    • Construction/earthworks, where bare earth is exposed and can make its way into stormwater drains during rainfall
    • Hard surfaces (e.g. roofs and roads), where rainwater can’t drain into the soil

    You can read more about these on Wellington Water’s website here.  

    Take our quick survey below to tell us how you think these issues should be addressed. 

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