The equivalent of more than 500,000 New Zealand homes benefit from the electricity generated by Mercury’s nine Waikato River hydro stations, known collectively as the Waikato Hydro System.
Across our hydro operations, Mercury harnesses the raw power of water for the generation of electricity as it flows down the river, available to the environment and other uses. We think that’s wonderful.
So we’re committed to understanding, managing and minimising any impacts our operations have on water, along with looking at the ways we can continue to innovate and improve the efficiencies of capturing the raw energy from the flow of water.
Our strong and consistent record of doing the right thing (some would call it ‘operational compliance’ - but it’s that and more) is supported by a range of environmental management activities. These include:// Studying water presence and flow (hydrological analysis).// Understanding the ground that water travels over and through (geomorphological studies).// Observing impacts (ecological monitoring).
We also involve ourselves in a range of long-term projects to improve the natural environments within which our hydro stations are located.
More information on this is set out in our Corporate Governance Statement.
Through our long-standing partnership with the Waikato Catchment Ecological Enhancement Trust (WCEET), we’re helping to protect and enhance the ecology and biodiversity of Lake Taupo and the Waikato River.
Over the past 13 years, WCEET in partnership with Mercury, has worked on hundreds of projects to the value of $5.5m. Learn more about the WCEET.
WATER POLICY AND REFORM
At Mercury we make sure we’re part of the conversation.
We actively contribute to water policy and reform at both a regional and national level, and regularly participate in discussions with Government and local authorities on freshwater management. This includes:
// The National Land and Water Forum.
// Ministry for the Environment’s consultations on national water policy reform (including the National Policy. Statement Freshwater Management and the Resource Management Act).
// Waikato Regional Council’s Healthy Rivers / Wai Ora: Plan Change.
// Waikato Regional Council’s “Let’s Talk Water”/Water Strategy.
// Waikato River Authority’s Waikato River Restoration Strategy.
// Restoration and rehabilitation projects in partnership with the Waikato River Authority.