We now have two Aquawatch probes and FOM is working with the company that makes them as they refine the monitors’ ability to gather and share information. Dubbed ‘the waka’ these handy high-tech tools give us ongoing information about such factors as dissolved oxygen, turbidity and water temperature.
Our site, between Girlies Hole and Clouston Terrace is useful in providing Maitai specific information. For example there was a recent spike in turbidity when a sediment plume came down the river. We were able to report this to Council with exact times of the three hour event. This is an advantage over their Avon Terrace testing site, which does not distinguish if the source of contamination is from the Brook or the Maitai.