Dairying gets a lot of criticism for polluting waterways.
Some of that is justified but cow poo
h isn’t the only cause of water pollution.
h pollutes too and that’s part of the problems in the Manawatu.
Palmerston North City Council looks set to be given more time to sort out its sewage treatment plant as city leaders grapple with revelations it has been consistently failing to meet resource consent conditions. . .
There have been 12 reported non-compliances by the city council in discharging treated waste water into the Manawatu River since 2003. . .
The Horizons report says the amount of periphyton growth doubles downstream from the discharge point, proving that the discharge is having an adverse effect on the river and aquatic life.
Cyanobacteria have also been found downstream from the treatment plant. They can be dangerous to dogs if ingested. . .
Acting city manager Ray Swadel had said that all was well with the plant – until the latest report. He revised his comments yesterday. “There were issues immediately after the upgrade work when we had a few teething problems, but in more recent times we have been compliant in three out of five assessments.”
Dairy companies, Federated Farmers, regional councils and individual farmers are all working hard to ensure that farming practices comply with the law and do not contribute to waterway pollution.
Similar urgency must be applied to the treatment and disposal of human waste.