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Na­tional MP Stu­art Smith said look­ing at how much Na­tional was in­vest­ing on freshwater clean-ups com­pared with the pre­vi­ous govern­ment, the record was clear on who took fresh wa­ter se­ri­ously.

‘‘We are mov­ing to a sys­tem which re­quires coun­cils to im­prove the swimma­bil­ity of their rivers and lakes over the year,’’ he said. ’’Un­der the new pro­posal, over 50,000 kilo­me­tres of wa­ter­ways will be im­proved for swim­ming.’’

The plan was backed up by na­tional reg­u­la­tions, Smith said.

The Green Party aimed to strengthen reg­u­la­tion to pro­tect the sources of drink­ing wa­ter and re­duce risk of con­tam­i­na­tion, can­di­date Richard McCub­bin said, would put an im­me­di­ate levy of 10c per litre on bot­tled wa­ter ex­ports, and re­in­state the drink­ing wa­ter sub­sidy .

‘‘When we came to Waikari in 1986 my kids could swim in any river and we could trust that the wa­ter from the tap was safe. Now we can’t .Our health and over­seas

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