Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Love Your River Water Education & Awareness Campaign

28 February 2013

Love Your River Water Education & Awareness Campaign

Palmerston North City Council is launching an education campaign aimed at improving the health of the city’s water ways.

Sustainable and economic development project coordinator William van Ausdal says the aim of the Love Your River campaign is to highlight the link between river health and water use.

“We want everyone to understand the link and take action to improve the health of our rivers and the wider environment.”

William van Ausdal says 80% of nutrients enter water ways from agricultural, natural and urban runoff, however phosphorus from point sources (commercial, industrial and domestic use) are a significant source of the total load.

Research shows that up to 30% of phosphorus in domestic waste water derives from domestic laundry products, dishwashing detergents and food scraps (DEFRA 2008).

William van Ausdal says there are a number of ways for waste water treatment plants to remove phosphorus including chemical and biological treatments. However this is at considerable cost, something which Palmerston North City Council is experiencing at present.

“By shifting consumer habits towards phosphorus-free detergents and composting food scraps, we have the potential to reduce phosphorus loads to waste water treatment plants, the load in the treated discharge and reduce operational costs.
The ‘Love Your River’ campaign includes:

• Practical tips that promote the reduction of excess nutrients in storm and waste water including:
o Keeping food debris out of drains and composting instead.
o Promoting the use of phosphate-free laundry and dishwashing products.
o Washing cars on the lawn.
• DIY Liquid Laundry Detergent Workshops, educational videos (shown at Downtown Cinemas).
• Reusable billboard signage.
• Messaging delivered directly from retailers on supermarket aisles.

William van Ausdal says the project is borne out of the Council’s Sustainable City Strategy which identifies the health and extent of native biodiversity on land and in water as a priority for the city.

Research shows that urban New Zealand streams are amongst the most nutrient enriched waterways in the country. While other research shows that up to 30% of phosphorus in domestic waste water derives from domestic laundry products, dishwashing detergents and food scraps.

“We know that the excessive supply of nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen is strongly linked to the growth of plants, algae, blooms of cyanobacteria, odour problems, and health issues.”

William van Ausdal says the campaign is in no way intended to mitigate the investigation into the effects of the Totara Road Waste Water Treatment Plant discharge into the Manawatū River. “Instead, it is hoped it will support efforts to improve the condition of treated waste water and thereby the health of our river.”

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Christchurch Fires: Friday Morning Update

Slightly cooler weather conditions and higher humidity with some light rain having fallen early this morning is welcome relief for emergency services fighting the Port Hills fire in Christchurch..

It has been a quiet night with a few minor flare ups contained by fire crews. Thermal imaging is being used to identify hot spots. There is a lot of work to do to clean up the whole fire area and this will go on for several days.

Te Hapua Welfare Centre remains open with a small amount of people staying there. Nga Hau E Wha Marae and the Selwyn welfare centre have been closed. Police cordons are still in place and these areas are still considered dangerous. The situation is being constantly reassessed and we will provide further information as soon as it is available. More>>

 
 

Turnbull Visit: Leaders’ Talks Cement Trade Relations, Science Agreement

Mr English met with Prime Minister Turnbull in Queenstown today to discuss common approaches to bilateral and international issues, including trade and science and innovation. Mr English also thanked Mr Turnbull for Australia’s offer of support for those fighting the fires on the Port Hills in Christchurch. More>>

ALSO:

Youth Guarantee: Upskilling Fund Used For Retraining

News that one in five of the people enrolling in Youth Guarantee already hold qualifications at the level they’re enrolling in highlights the failure of the scheme to reach the disengaged young people it was set up to assist, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On What Trump May Mean For Us

So far not much effort has been put into tracing the possible implications for New Zealand of the stream of executive orders and tweets that have been pouring from the Oval Office. Unfortunately, we may not simply be drive-by rubberneckers at this car wreck for much longer. More>>

Pike River Select Committee: Solid Energy Chair Talks Resignation Over Re-Entry

Andy Coupe, chair of failed state-owned coal miner Solid Energy, said at a fiery select committee this morning that he would consider resigning if the government orders the company to re-enter the Pike River coal mine. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Candidacy Troubles

So its official. Greg O’Connor will indeed be Labour’s candidate in Ohariu and – as also signaled well in advance – the Greens will not be standing a candidate in the electorate. At this point, you have to question the validity of the Greens’ excuse – “we need to change the government” – for tagging along.... More>>

ALSO:

Post-Shooting Security: Guards Say WINZ Safety Protocols Unsafe

“The safety issue has moved from inside WINZ offices to outside where security guards are isolated in front of locked doors with nowhere to retreat if they need help,” says Len. More>>

ALSO:

PM’s Press Conference: Housing, Housing, Housing

Questions from the gallery focused on housing, asking about the Auckland Unitary Plan, the potential skills and resource shortage and whether NZ would seek help from overseas. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news