Keeping it clean

10% of all Dirty Water profits support clean water initiatives.

New Zealand's waterways are far from great. 

Recent statistics show:

44% of monitored lakes are so polluted virtually nothing can survive in them. 

62% of lowland rivers are so polluted with pathogens we can't safely swim in them. 

76% of freshwater fish species are now classified as 'threatened'.

90% of New Zealand's wetlands have been drained and filled.

We've partnered with Million Metres Streams Project, who are on a mission to restore over one million metres of waterways across the country.

How does it help?

Replanting the banks of streams, rivers, lakes and wetlands helps improve water quality and enhances freshwater biodiversity.

Planting native plants and trees along waterways has the following benefits:

  • Reduces erosion and sedimentation by trapping sediment before it enters a stream
  • Filters phosphorus and industrial contaminants before they enter a stream
  • Buffers the impact of floods, wetland's especially act as sponges to hold excess water
  • Helps capture and store atmospheric carbon dioxide, a process called carbon sequestration
  • Cools the water by shading it, so aquatic creatures can survive
  • Provides habitat for native birds, insects and lizards

Why Dirty Water?

Clean water is such an essential element for all breweries in New Zealand. 

Garage Project has volunteered for many years and provided monetary donations in support of waterway restoration projects. The GP family & friends have donated time to plant in the Wainuiomata River restoration project at Baring Head. A continued partnership with Million Metres through Dirty Water was a natural decision, and we look forward to reporting on our progress every few months. 

The health of our waterways affects all New Zealanders, so we all need to be part of the solution. 

Learn more about the Million Metres Streams Project here.

Want to get your hands dirty and help? Or have other initiatives we can support? Reach out