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

 


Council responds to effluent concerns in South Waikato

MEDIA RELEASE

30 May 2014

Council responds to effluent concerns in South Waikato

Effluent spread on pasture in South Waikato appeared so thickly, and in such volumes, that passing motorists stopped to take photographs of it, says Waikato Regional Council.

The council received a complaint yesterday afternoon that thick effluent was pooling on pasture and possibly discharging to water.

A formal investigation to assess the circumstances of the discharges has been commenced.

Council staff went to the scene and found large volumes of thick effluent had been applied to paddocks.

“Some of the effluent had flowed over land through culverts to a roadside drain and, from there, to the nearby Pokaiwhenua Stream”, said the council’s investigations manager Patrick Lynch.

“Also, the volume of effluent was such that the material had ponded in places and this poses a risk of contaminants in the effluent getting into ground water.”

Information was given to the council that suggested several motorists had stopped to photograph the ponding.

Parties at the Arapuni Rd property have been directed to cease any further discharges of effluent to land and take action to limit any further adverse effects from what has been spread so far.

“Those remediation efforts are being assessed by the council today,” Mr Lynch said.

“We’ve also collected samples so that the content of the effluent and any adverse environmental effects can be determined.”


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Arming Police: Frontline Police To Routinely Carry Tasers

"In making the decision, the Police executive has considered almost five years worth of 'use of force' data… It consistently shows that the Taser is one of the least injury-causing tactical options available when compared with other options, with a subject injury rate of just over one per cent for all deployments." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On D-Day For Dairy At The TPP

While New Zealand may feel flattered at being called “the Saudi Arabia of milk” it would be more accurate to regard us as the suicide bombers of free trade. More>>

ALSO:

Leaked Letter: Severe Restrictions on State Owned Enterprises

Even an SOE that exists to fulfil a public function neglected by the market or which is a natural monopoly would nevertheless be forced to act "on the basis of commercial considerations" and would be prohibited from discriminating in favour of local businesses in purchases and sales. Foreign companies would be given standing to sue SOEs in domestic courts for perceived departures from the strictures of the TPP... More>>

ALSO:

"Gutted" Safety Bill: Time To Listen To Workplace Victims’ Families

Labour has listened to the families of whose loved ones have been killed at work and calls on other political parties to back its proposals to make workplaces safer and prevent unnecessary deaths on the job. More>>

ALSO:

Regulators: Govt To ‘Crowd-Source’ Regulatory Advice

A wide-ranging set of reforms is to be implemented to shake up the way New Zealand government agencies develop, write and implement regulations. More>>

ALSO:

Board Appointments: Some Minister Appoint Less The 3 In 10 Women

“It’s 2015 not 1915: Ministers who appoint less than 3 in 10 women to their boards must do better, they have no excuse but to do better,” said Dr Blue. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The 1990s Retro Proposals For Our Health System

As we learned yesterday, the reviews propose that the democratically elected representation on DHBs should be reduced, such that community wishes will be able to be over-ridden by political appointees. In today’s revelations, the reviews also propose a return to the destructive competitive health model of the 1990s. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news