A major focus of the Council is to ensure the health of Taranaki's rivers and streams, and to monitor them regularly.

Freshwater quality

Clean, healthy water is the region’s most precious resource, and the Council’s programmes and rules aim to help the community maintain and improve water quality.

Riparian management

Under the Council’s award-winning Riparian Management Programme, thousands of kilometres of streambank are being fenced and planted to protect and enhance the region’s waterways.


Protecting wetlands for their water quality and biodiversity values is a priority for the Council.


Groundwater in Taranaki is generally stable, of relatively good quality and subject to low and manageable levels of demand from users.