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"Water And Effluent Solutions Ltd"

Phil Stanley, Water And Waste Engineer, Water And Effluent Solutions Ltd

It seems that the number of organisations that have suddenly jumped on the clean water band wagon increases by 10 or so every week. They call themselves feel good names like ‘Clean water for our children’ and any thing else that will get attention.Take Choose clean Water, they claim to have a Fresh water plan that offers a Comprehensive Solution for clean water. This is fine, planting tress is always a good plan but it offers not one thing that will make any difference to the problem. Fact- every day dairy cows drop 400 million litres of waste on the land. This drains down through into the sub straight to flow into rivers many miles a way. Every time it rains or the irrigators are turned on, more runs down to the streams. The only answer is not to put it on the land in the first place. They also say dairy cows numbers should be reduced. Billions have been invested in farms and milk processing, reducing numbers reduces product and the farms and milk factory's go broke. Exports fall and the country goes into a recession, that’s not a good fix.

New Zealand needs a new plan, clean sheet of paper that will work for the future, not a few poorly thought out band aids that cover the cancer.

The plan should be Positive Circular Integration. Crops are grown on the paddocks once used for the cows to feed. The cows are housed in large barns and the feed is bought to them. This allows nutrition to be controlled for best health and milk production. The animals are happy as they protected from the elements. All the damaging waste is collected and turned into power and clean pathogen free fertilizer. This is used to grow more crop food and only needs 20% of the water that grass needed . Even if we changed to this today it will take some years for all the waste to flushed out of the land but it will happen. This technology is widely use around the world and is proven to work with the up side we can generate a lot of power to run the farm and supply back to grid. Its called win/win Phil Stanley


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