Will biosolid expert allay fears?
A leading expert on biosolids and pathogens will give a presentation in Luggate next week. Environmental Science and Research environmental microbiologist and Centre for Integrated Biowaste Research leader Dr Jacqui Horswell will give the public presentation on Tuesday night. Dr Horswell has extensive knowledge about the use of treated biosolids in New Zealand, and the fate and survival of pathogens. Queenstown Lakes District Council invited her to give the presentation to help inform community consideration of Project Groundswell, a proposal to build a solar drying facility to take sludge from Project Pure and use the dried biosolids to improve soil on farmland. But some people had concerns about dumped waster fumes blowing over the town, decreasing land values and negative public perceptions of the town. If approved, the $1.3 million greenhouse-style centre would be built and operated by Fulton Hogan on land it owns on the corner of McKay Rd and State Highway 8A. It would be the first site of its kind in New Zealand and would provide annual savings of $113,000, which is $23.54 a year for every household in Wanaka and Albert Town connected to Project Pure.