Otago Daily Times
Still lots of questions to be answered about water
THE recent detection of sporadic excessive lead levels in the
Waikouaiti and Karitane water supply is justifiably concerning, but there are wider issues relating to water safety.
The Institute of Environmental Science and Research and Ministry of Health reports for 201819 identify the Waikouaiti supply as compliant for infectious disease and chemical contamination but not with the Health Act, as there is no water safety plan.
Other Dunedin water schemes do have safety plans. This seems inexcusable as the catchment with bordering mining activity and extensive pastoral farming would appear to present a greater risk than, for example, the Deep Stream catchment serving much of Dunedin.
Systematic risk examination required through the safety plan would allow risks not covered by routine testing to be evaluated. For the Waikouaiti supply, this would include potential contamination from current and historic mining activities or from farm dump sites.
The Ministry of Health identifies safety plans to be of highest significance, so why is there no safety plan for the Waikouaiti scheme?
The ESR report also identifies the Waikouaiti supply as ungraded. Most Dunedin residents can have confidence in a highgrade water supply.
Why does the Waikouaiti scheme not have a grade, and at a national level, why are ungraded schemes permitted?
Are Trevor Mallard and Rawiri Waititi sending each other mixed messages?
AT a time when millions of people in the world are displaced from their homes, thousands have died from a virus that has swept the world and jobs have been lost in its wake, children in some countries are still unable to go to school, and huge protests are taking place in Russia, Myanmar and the US, does the requirement to wear a tie in the debating chamber of Parliament really constitute a breach of rights of indigenous people?
Get over it. Wear a tie and a taonga, and get on with what’s important. Clare Hamel
[Speaker Trevor Mallard announced on Wednesday night that it will no longer be compulsory for male MPs to wear ties at Parliament. — Ed.]
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