Havelock North Struck by Campylobacter Outbreak, Maybe it’s Time to Start Chlorinating the Water Supplies?

There’s an old saying that New Zealand is the only third world country where you can drink the water. Despite marketing itself as 100% pure and telling visitors it has ‘world class’ drinking water quality, 20% of people in New Zealand have water that is either ungraded or contaminated and unfit to drink. There are…

Darfield’s Third World Water Problem

We are appalled that people in the Darfield area are still suffering from outbreaks of gastro-enteric diseases (potentially deadly E.coli, and Campylobacter) that would mimic those experienced in third world countries.  The Selwyn District Council needs to “wake up to its responsibility” and address its recurring water issues, a medical officer of health says. The criticism follows a gastroenteritis outbreak in Darfield that…

New Zealand Lakes – Not 100% Pure

Nearly a third of them are unhealthy, according to a NIWA report and pastoral land use has got a lot to do with it. The quality of healthy lakes is declining because of nutrients coming off of livestock farming, New Zealand’s fresh waters are paying a heavy price for industrial dairying and intensive agriculture –…