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Sewage by Appointment

Posted by te2ataria on March 30, 2009

Hutt Valley sewerage pipe spews effluent into the sea

Up to a million cubic meters of sewage is being pumped into the Waiwhetu Stream, close to the Hutt River mouth over two weeks, as the sewage pipe ruptured in five places between Seaview and Pencarrow, the Dominion Post reported.

Waves of Sewage: The sewage overflow is carried toward Wellington harbor by the Waiwhetu Stream at Seaview. Image: PHIL REID/ The Dominion Post. Image may be subject to copyright.

The entire area is severely polluted and poses risks to fish, birds, animals, insects and even pakeha. However, the greater Wellington regional council said on Friday that they had detected only  “moderate level of contamination.”

“Yesterday, council environmental regulation manager Al Cross said water monitoring during the weekend showed the water was safe to swim in again. Anyone who ignored the signs and was drawn by the weekend’s sunny weather to swim would probably have been safe, ” the report quoted him as saying.

“Saturday’s reading showed one discharge point near Days Bay was four times the safe limit for effluent, but it was not near a beach and the discharge had stopped by yesterday.”


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Violent Crimes and Pollution in New Zealand: UP!

Posted by te2ataria on October 2, 2008

submitted by a reader

UP Goes the No. of Violent Crimes in Poxy New Zealand!

146 violent crimes each day [up from 130 per day in 2007]

Police crime statistics [though heavily massaged] for the year ending June 30 revealed: 

  • 11 percent jump in violent crime in New Zealand
  • 53,436 violent incidents in the same 12 months period [5,878 MORE violent incidents than previous 12 months ]
  • 52 percent increase in recorded youth crime compared with 8 years ago up from 3,301 to 5,029 violent offences (Source)

Meanwhile thanks to Fonterra [yes, the same people involved in Fonterra-Sanlu tainted baby formula corporate manslaughter case in China,] New Zealand’s waterways are more of a sewage dump than they were 5 years ago.

The Forest & Bird and Fish & Game reported that the Dairying and Clean Streams Accord, which was signed in 2003 by [corporate homicide agents] Fonterra and the [criminal] government of New Zealand, “had not only failed to improve water quality but … rivers and streams had worsened.”

The “Accord” was aimed at improving the quality of New Zealand waterways by reducing the huge volumes of dairy effluent and nutrients currently entering them.

The water quality in rivers and streams of Waikato region, which is home to about 50 percent of the country’s dairy farms, has substantially deteriorated. The high level of bacterial pollution has made the water dangerous for stock to drink, and for people to swim.  (Sources include NZPA.)

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