SWIM IN THE SPRINGS
The South Waikato District Council’s In Touch newsletter stated their ‘‘primary focus
is to discourage swimming’’ at the Blue Spring of Te Waihou walkway. Can someone
please explain why?
I host many overseas visitors whom I regularly take there, and a few are even tempted
to jump in. Swimming in such pristine water is exactly the New Zealand I want them to see and remember. Due to the constant 11 degrees temperature, no-one stays in the water for very long.
I understand the town’s water supply is taken from down in the spring, well under the surface and well below any risk of any contamination.
Now that (wonderfully) a toilet is on site, I cannot imagine many people would defecate in the water at a rate that would be a pollutant.
SWDC advised they were increasing the budget by $10,000 to
‘‘contribute’’ towards the cost of a co-management agreement with Ruakawa. $10,000 plus seems an inordinate amount of money to spend on paperwork.
I presume there is already an existing management plan in place with the existing stakeholders in Te Waihou – the private owners who originally donated land and the schools and volunteers who have built the