Water is so important to New Zealand: its people, animals, and our cultural wellbeing. It is important we become educated about it and look after it so it is healthy now and for generations to come.

Know Your Catchment is a platform for the community to engage and learn about freshwater in the Waitaki catchment, which is in North Otago and South Canterbury, on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand. The water monitoring data include information about water quality, irrigation, wetlands, recreation, and different ways freshwater supports wellbeing.

On this platform you will find:

  • water quality data and trends for groundwater and surface water across South Canterbury and North Otago
  • links to river flows and lake levels, and
  • information and stories about sites of interest.

Navigating Know Your Catchment is easy, simply follow these video instructions to find out more about one of New Zealand’s most valued resources, water!

Water - more than just meets the eye

A ‘get out there and do it’ approach to water monitoring and sampling is important to a South Canterbury irrigation scheme.

Our partners

Supporters of the Know Your Catchment project


Irrigation New Zealand
PO Box 69119, Lincoln
Christchurch 7640
New Zealand
Phone: (64) 21 454 615