Bad taste back
Love Springs is at it again.
Salespeople are going door to door in parts of Porirua, selling water filter units, but their tactics are drawing the ire of community leaders – telling customers that the city’s water is unsafe to drink. In the latest sightings, salespeople are wearing official-looking high-visibility vests and name tags.
There have been complaints in the past to the Commerce Commission, and last year Love Springs was fined $20,000 in Australia for its misleading sales pitches. It salespeople have been in Porirua on at least three other occasions in the past two years, telling people that without a filter system, their drinking water could cause cancer. A High Court decision in 2010 prevented the company from making false claims.
Eastern ward councillor Litea Ah Hoi says the company is ‘‘a bunch of parasites’’ for targeting low socioeconomic areas like South Auckland and eastern Porirua, suburbs that contain immigrants who may have come from countries where water is commonly unsafe.
‘‘I think it’s just appalling that they prey on vulnerable people with their fabrications about our water, especially this close to Christmas,’’ she says. ‘‘I’ve lived in this country for 30 years and never had a problem with the water out of the tap. I’d love it if they knocked on my door.’’
Ms Ah Hoi says a key message to reinforce is that Porirua’s water comes from the same place the Hutt Valley and Wellington get theirs from, in Kaitoke.
Love Springs did not return phone calls from Kapi-mana News seeking comment.