The Invercargill Eye - - FRONT PAGE -

It’s usu­ally farm­ers that get the big pointy stick thrust in their di­rec­tion in con­ver­sa­tions about who is pol­lut­ing our wa­ter­ways.

We’ve all seen photos of cows in rivers, after all.

But twice in the last week, we’ve read of sewage seep­ing into wa­ter­ways in two of our tourist hotspots with not a bovine in sight.

Swim­mers have been dip­ping their peep­ers in un­treated sewage in Lake Wanaka for six years, and the Queen­stown Lakes District Coun­cil has breached en­vi­ron­men­tal stan­dards when sew­er­age from its new $30m plant has spilled into the Sho­tover River. Just the sort of news we want tourists to be read­ing when they’re spend­ing up large in our re­sort towns.

And while our farm­ers could find them­selves slapped with a fine or stand­ing in the dock for pol­lut­ing, there’s not much talk of the QLDC fac­ing the same drama.

Surely if we all have to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for clean­ing up our wa­ter­ways, we should all be sub­ject to the same pun­ish­ment when we get it wrong too.

Rachael Kelly RE­PORTER: Re­becca Moore, re­becca.moore@fair­fax­me­, (03) 3 211 1033, (027) 539 3393. NEWS DIREC­TOR: Ge­off Mein, ge­off.mein@fair­fax­me­, 027 200 4404. SALES MAN­AGER SOUTH­LAND: Jac­qui McKin­ney (027) 807 3163, jac­qui.mckin­ney@fair­fax­me­ CLAS­SI­FIEDS: (03) 2111 101 or 0800 CLASSYS. AD DEAD­LINES: Fea­tures - Fri­day 3pm; Dis­play - Mon­day 2pm; Clas­si­fieds - Wed­nes­day 10am. DIG­I­TAL EDI­TIONS: fair­fax­me­­pa­perdi­­per/viewer.aspx AD­DRESS: Level 1, 46 Deveron St, PO Box 805 In­ver­cargill 9810. MISSED DE­LIV­ERY: 0800 784 846.

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