Concern over old septic tanks
The Havelock North gastro saga has sparked calls for action to prevent failing septic tanks contaminating water supplies throughout New Zealand.
A new report has slammed local councils over last year’s campylobacter outbreak in the Hawke’s Bay, which sickened more than 5,000 residents and has been blamed on contaminated bores.
According to wastewater systems manufacturer Biolytix, which was the Innovation Award winner at the 2017 NZ Hi
‘‘There are thought to be more than 40,000 homes with failing on-site wastewater systems across New Zealand.’’
Tech Awards, the next water contamination scandal could be caused by discharged sewage from old or poorly maintained septic tanks.
‘‘There are thought to be more than 40,000 homes with failing on-site wastewater systems across New Zealand, according to the Ministry for the Environment.
However, nothing appears to have been done to address the problem,’’ spokesman Karl Geiseler said.
‘‘These old septic tanks are ticking time bombs that are putting our health, and that of our waterways, at serious risk.
‘‘Many of these homeowners are not even aware that there is a problem.’’
Local councils needed to investigate, he said.