Hawkes Bay Regional Council has charged the HB District Council in connection with the contamination of Havelock North’s water in August.
The regional council has charged it with resource consent breaches, which it said were discovered during an investigation of the contamination.
The outbreak in August, in which about 5000 people became sick with gastrointestinal illness, occurred when a bore contaminated the Hawke’s Bay town’s water supply with campylobacter.
The council said earlier today it had laid charges against an unnamed party “for alleged offences uncovered in the course of its investigation into the contamination”.
The charges related to evidence of a breach of the party’s resource consent, it said.
“If a breach is proved, the resource consent no longer permits the taking of water. [The regional council] has commenced a prosecution against the party, alleging the unlawful taking of water from the aquifer arising from the alleged failure to meet well head maintenance conditions.”
In a statement this afternoon, the Hastings District Council confirmed it was the charged party.
It said the charges had been laid under the Resource Management Act for a technical breach of the district council’s resource consent conditions for taking water from Brookvale Bores 1 and 2. . .
Laying charges doesn’t mean the HBDC is guilty.
But if it is found to have been at fault will anyone take back the accusations thrown at farming?