Who are the serial polluters? Corporations/local councils/industry … they pollute with impunity. And they sell off our clean water to offshore corporations. I’m not holding my breath on this one I’m afraid. They pollute it with impunity then fix it with carcinogenic chemicals like chlorine (the new sticking plaster) & NZ wide the awake people are spending a fortune on filters & other means, or purchasing bottled water. (The rest sadly are pummeling their vital organs filtering this stuff from their systems). What a scam. We cannot even swim in our waterways now let alone drink what was once a free, unpolluted natural resource. They’re quickly selling it off to not the highest but the lowest bidder … peanuts. Remember this (image below) with the Key govt? And charging you mega bucks to buy it. And I haven’t even mentioned yet the ecoli scares we’ve had around the country.
I’m afraid I really am not holding out a lot of hope for a truly dedicated watchdog given they are the ones who created the complete mess we have now with the state of our water. To boot they are dumping a class 1A Ecotoxin into the waterways with the blessings of a tweaked RMA. The header image features industrial waste pouring into the local river loop at Foxton in the Horowhenua, where children once used to swim & fish. Not any more. There’s a hazard sign up now saying not to swim there. A young man even contracted trench mouth from swimming in the Manawatu (not seen since WW2 his MD said).
It’s called the ‘sustainable development’ lie.
Here is the article from tvnz
The Government has today announced the creation of a “dedicated watchdog” to regulate water quality in New Zealand.
The decision to create the new regulations was spurred by the Havelock North Campylobacter outbreak in 2016 where 5,000 people got sick from their drinking water.
“Access to safe, clean drinking water is a birth-right for New Zealanders and a key concern for communities up and down the country. Wherever they live, consumers and communities expect to be able to turn on the tap and drink the water without fear of getting ill,” says Minister of Health Dr David Clark says in a statement.
“Immediately following the Havelock North Inquiry Stage 2 Report we began implementing its recommendations to increase public safety while the Three Waters review worked through the longer-term programme of reform options.