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Water Stewardship

“Kaua e kōrero mo te wai, whakarongo mai ki te wai.”

"Don’t talk about the water, listen to the water.”

How to measure water quality

Our Mission

AquaWatch aims to achieve clean, swimmable oceans, rivers and streams by providing real-time, water quality monitoring.

We believe that everyone has the right to know the quality of the water they swim in, fish in, and drink. Through cutting-edge water monitoring systems, we provide accurate and timely water quality data to help people make informed decisions about the health of waterways.

The AquaWatch water monitoring system enables:

  • Real-time water quality data that can be used to make informed decisions about water management.

  • Continuous data collection .

  • Actionable insights that can be used to protect and improve water quality.

  • The ability to take swift and effective action in response to changes in water quality.

Our water monitoring systems are used by a variety of organisations, from government agencies to environmental groups, and businesses to inform decisions about water quality management, infrastructure management, pollution control, and public health.


Our Team

The AquaWatch Team has revolutionised water health monitoring and action with our cutting-edge solutions.

AquaWatch's real-time alerts for critical changes and events in water quality are groundbreaking. By offering this vital information promptly, our team enables users to make informed decisions swiftly and effectively. 

Making Sense of Water Quality

Declining water quality is a part of New Zealand’s reality. Rivers and streams that were once an abundant resource have seen a dramatic degradation in health and productivity. New Zealand’s water quality crisis became very clear to Father and Son, Grant and James Muir.

AquaWatch Founders Grant and James Muir
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Grant and James watched their awa, the Te Pahaoa river, degrade due to farm pollution. In 2002, the Pahaoa River that runs through RiverWatch Cofounders’ farm was thriving. But ten years later, in 2012, the river was dead and devoid of aquatic life.

The story of the struggle to save the river compelled James Muir to create the documentary film River Dog.

The success of the documentary led James and Grant to explore ways to help reverse the decline of water quality in Aotearoa, identifying the need for clear and consistent water quality data as a starting point.

A 12 times award winning film recognising the real water quality crisis in New Zealand and the poetic journey of New Zealanders’ struggle to come to terms with the Clean Green image that is the facade of their identity.

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