Clean heat lack­ing

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Toko­roa has had four more PM10 ex­ceedances in Au­gust, bring­ing the to­tal num­ber of ex­ceedances this win­ter to 16.

PM10 refers to tiny par­ti­cles not vis­i­ble to the hu­man eye that are small enough to get into peo­ple’s lungs and cause se­ri­ous health prob­lems.

‘‘The main source of PM10 in win­ter in Toko­roa is home wood­burn­ers and open fires and this in­creases sub­stan­tially when wet wood is burned,’’ ex­plained Amanda Hema, South Waikato District Coun­cil com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment man­ager.

‘‘ South Waikato res­i­dents can re­duce PM10 by burn­ing dry wood.

‘‘Ex­ceedances in Toko­roa must be reduced to only three by 2016 and one by 2020,’’ con­tin­ued Mrs Hema.

‘‘Coun­cil is in­tro­duc­ing Heat Swap – a South Waikato clean heat ini­tia­tive to as­sist ratepay­ers to in­stall com­pli­ant heat­ing ap­pli­ances. This new scheme will start midSeptem­ber; Coun­cil en­cour­ages those in­ter­ested to watch the South Waikato News for de­tails.’’

Warm Homes Clean Air: Best Prac­tice for Wood­burn­ers pam­phlets are avail­able from South Waikato District Coun­cil of­fices and more in­for­ma­tion on fire­wood is avail­able at www. waika­tore­gion. govt. nz/ fire­wood.

EX­CESS: Toko­roa had four PM10 ex­ceedances in Au­gust.

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