Clean heat lacking
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.