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Drinkable Rivers

We are excited to be supporting Drinkable Rivers to regenerate our river-systems and improve biodiversity in our waterways.

Drinkable Rivers is a movement focused on raising awareness of the water quality issues by providing real-time, open-source data. This along with community engagement events such as river clean-ups, riparian zone planting, and education on how to prevent contaminants entering the river system is intended to make the rivers the healthy heart of our eco-systems once again. The team are starting with the Avon River / Ōtākaro, and envisage this becoming a nationwide movement.


The Avon River / ŌTĀKARO

Drinkable Rivers has launched in Christchurch on the Avon River / Ōtākaro, which meanders through the city centre.

The first of many KotahiNet Internet of Things sensors has been installed in the Avon River to:

  • raise awareness of water quality issues in Christchurch. Just how safe is the water?

  • use technology to provide real-time water quality data to the people of Christchurch

  • measure the nitrate and phosphorus levels in the river which are responsible for the proliferation of aquatic plants that choke the waterways, and

  • generate discussion and encourage collective action.

Seed The Change | He Kākano Hāpai is proud to partner with Drinkable Rivers to enable the first first of a series of sensors to monitor the water quality in the Avon River / Ōtākaro. We have also provided support during it’s start-up phase as it’s grows in reputation and profile.

There are plenty of opportunities to get involved. Please contact us if you are interested in supporting this regenerative project, or funding the installation of future sensors.

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