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14 November 2018

The Ruamāhanga River has been named the third most improved in the country at the New Zealand River Awards.

The New Zealand River Awards were established to draw attention to the state of our rivers, but more importantly, to recognise where communities, councils, farmers and industry were achieving significant improvement in water quality in one or more of their local rivers.

The Ruamāhanga River has had a 12.8 per cent reduction of dissolved reactive phosphorus over the last decade – making it the most improved river in the Greater Wellington Region and the third most improved in New Zealand.

Congratulations to all the stakeholders who have played a role in improving the quality of the Ruamāhanga, including farmers and other river users.

Masterton District Council has also worked hard to improve its processes at the Homebush Wastewater Treatment Plant – it’s pleasing to see the culmination of efforts result in significant water quality improvements.

More information on the River Awards can be found here.