Watercare is active within the Auckland community in many ways. These vary from providing free tap water at the annual Round the Bays fun run, to supplying Auckland schools with resources including the Adopt A Stream science programme.
Round the Bays
Watercare has been supporting Round the Bays since 1993. Volunteers from the company provide refreshing water to runners along the 8.4 kilometre route. Approximately 95,000 cups of water are handed out each year to around 70,000 runners.
This free science programme enables Auckland school children to study a local waterway and learn about the water cycle. Stormwater, drinking water, wastewater and other water based lessons are also available.
Trees for Survival
With the Trees for Survival programme, which Watercare sponsors, schools within the Wairoa River catchment area are supplied with resources to plant trees and to educate students on the relationship between the forest and the catchment environment. Growing units have been established at Hunua, Paparimu, Ararimu, Ardmore and Clevedon schools.
Watercare sponsors Waikato RiverCare which aims to enhance the quality of the Waikato River by reducing land run-off and river bank erosion and increasing biodiversity and habitat for native species. To achieve this, it undertakes planting along the river, streams, and lakes using native seedlings.
Watercare Harbour Clean Up Trust
Watercare sponsors this charitable organisation who remove litter from Auckland’s harbours and inner gulf islands, and promotes the concept of clean, clear, rubbish-free waterways. Since it began in 2002, over one million litres of litter have been removed.
Recreational Land Access
Watercare provides the community with access to land in the Waitakere and Hunua ranges and around the Manukau Harbour for recreational use. It maintains walking tracks including the Watercare Coastal Walkway around the Manukau Harbour which is very popular.
The Rain Forest Express, a railway built to serve the Upper Nihotupu Dam, gives the community the opportunity to see a water supply dam, tunnels, glow worms, cave weta, and natural flora. Around 12,000 people enjoy the experience each year.
For further information about any of these activities, please email email@example.com.