Treated sewage snubbed

Central Leader - - FRONT PAGE - JAMES PASLEY

Auck­lan­ders say they won’t drink treated sewage un­less na­tional wa­ter pri­or­i­ties change.

Last month Raveen Jadu­ram, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Water­care, said the coun­cil con­trolled or­gan­i­sa­tion was look­ing at the pos­si­bil­ity of reusing treated sewage for hu­man con­sump­tion, in­dus­try, agri­cul­ture or rein­jec­tion into the aquifer.

Sim­i­lar ac­tion was posited in the Aus­tralian city of Toowoomba, but res­i­dents re­jected the idea be­cause of the ‘‘yuck fac­tor’’.

The main reser­va­tions of mem­bers on so­cial me­dia site Neighbourly wasn’t that drink­ing re­cy­cled sewage was gross, but that it should not hap­pen while New Zealand’s clean wa­ter was bot­tled and sold overseas.

In Waikato Coca-Cola ex­tracts wa­ter for its Pump Brand. In Can­ter­bury Ja­panese com­pany Sun­tory Hold­ings ex­tracts wa­ter for its H2Go and Mi­zone drinks.

Glen­dowie res­i­dent Kathy We­ston asked why Auck­lan­ders might have to drink sewage when clean spring wa­ter was go­ing cheap to overseas com­pa­nies.

Hills­bor­ough res­i­dent Peter Crow­ley said he wasn’t will­ing to drink treated sewage.

One­hunga res­i­dent Christina Sa­jew­icz said she would drink it - if she was dy­ing of thirst.

‘‘If we had to reuse dirty wa­ter, it should be for wash­ing our­selves, laun­dry and flush­ing toi­lets,’’ Sa­jew­icz said.

SUP­PLIED

Water­care chief ex­ec­u­tive Raveen Jadu­ram says the fu­ture of treated sewage is chang­ing.

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