WA­TER QUAL­ITY

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Fix­ing wa­ter qual­ity will re­quire bold de­ci­sion-mak­ing and pos­si­bly a re-think of New Zealand’s eco­nomic strat­egy, the Prime Min­is­ter’s chief sci­en­tist said. Pro­fes­sor Sir Peter Gluck­man A quick fix was sci­en­tif­i­cally im­pos­si­ble, he said. Sir Peter has urged politi­cians to ad­dress fresh­wa­ter is­sues, which he says are clearly linked to in­ten­sive farm­ing and ur­ban­i­sa­tion. His re­port is based on ex­ist­ing science and data. It found clear ev­i­dence the fresh­wa­ter es­tate was un­der pres­sure in both wa­ter qual­ity and quan­tity. There was a link be­tween farm­ing and de­clin­ing wa­ter qual­ity in pas­toral ar­eas, and con­tam­i­na­tion of ur­ban wa­ter­ways by ex­pand­ing cities.

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