Skip to main content

Waikato River Water Quality Monitoring Programme: Data Report 2006


Report: TR 2007/18
Author: Stuart Beard


The year 2006 report follows the format of the previous data report (Smith, 2005), with the addition of the reporting of a microbiological survey conducted in the summer of 2006/2007.

To effectively manage water quality, the Waikato River monitoring programme addresses the following questions:

  1. What is the quality of the water now?
  2. Why is the water of the observed level of quality?
  3. Is water quality getting better or worse? If so - what makes it change?
  4. How can we improve the quality, ecological health and integrity of the Waikato River?

The monitoring information allows Environment Waikato to:

  • determine compliance with classification standards
  • define the suitability of the resource for various beneficial uses and values of the water
  • monitor the impact of major discrete point source discharges on water quality
  • monitor the impacts of diffuse discharges on water quality
  • provide a basis for evaluating the effectiveness of resource management measures.

This dataset is invaluable for the evaluation of the Waikato River: its state, the pressures on it and its response to these pressures. We need to continue to gather comprehensive, reliable and good quality data on the Waikato River to protect and enhance its values into the future.

This report is the 15th since the re-design of the Waikato River Monitoring Programme (WARIMP) implemented in 1989. Copies of reports can be obtained via the  website.

Waikato River Water Quality Monitoring Programme: Data Report 2006
(1275 kb, 182 seconds to download, 56k modem)

Table of contents

  Acknowledgement i
1 Introduction 3
1.1 Background 3
1.2 Report Content 3
1.3 Water Quality Guidelines and Standards 4
2 The Waikato River Monitoring Programme Design 5
2.1 Sampling Collection 5
2.2 Sample Locations 5
2.3 Water Quality Parameters 6
2.4 Quality Control, Data Storage and Analysis 6
2.5 Reports 7
3 Results 7
3.1 Waikato River Monitoring Programme 8
3.2 Waikato River Monitoring Programme 27
  References 31
  Appendix I 32
  Flow Information 32
  Appendix II 34
  Datasonde Deployments 34
  Appendix III 46
  Water Quality Parameters 46
  Guidelines and Standards 46
  Analytical Methods 46