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Sewage City’s Faecal Beach Closed, Again!

Posted by te2ataria on February 6, 2010

“Don’t shit where you eat” – Billie Goatspeare

Translation for the uninitiated:

Wellington’s Owhiro Bay beach closed due to sewage contamination, AGAIN!

What is it that our friends at Wellington City Council find so difficult to understand?

When you dump untreated [or partially treated] faeces of 400,000 people into the local bay, the beaches are bound to be contaminated with faecal matter.

Owhiro Bay beach water was found to be contaminated with enterococci at high levels likely to cause a health hazard [read: likely to kill fish,] Wellington City Council said.

The most common types of enterococci, like the species infesting most of New Zealand’s coastal waters, come from human intestines.

The warning was the second in NINE DAYS that the level of faecal contaminants were likely to cause serious health hazards.

Wellington council has again urged people to stay clear of the water in the area until the fish consume the enterococci in the water.

“Ingesting the contaminated water could cause diarrhoea, stomach cramps and vomiting, along with infection to cuts and skin lesions.” A report said.

According to the “Wellington Council Infrastructure Director,” Stavros Michael, the source of the contamination was not obvious.

The blog nominates the Wellington Council Infrastructure Director for the 2010 NZ Honesty Award, honestly!

Pathology:
Important clinical infections caused by Enterococcus include urinary tract infections, bacteremia, bacterial endocarditis, diverticulitis, and meningitis.

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Toxic New Zealand Headline

Posted by te2ataria on January 27, 2010

Sent by DH

Why We Call Wellington Sewage City (Other than for Obvious Reasons)

Sewage contamination at Wellington beach

Wellington City Council this afternoon warned swimmers to avoid Owhiro Bay waters, and erected pollution-warning signs after it detected sewage contamination.

Their test showed a large concentration of enterococci, which means  microbiological pollution, including sewage was present.  The pollution level was [highly] likely to cause a health hazard. In fact, the contamination level was so high, it probably killed other bacteria in the water.

Meanwhile, the E.coli count in Rona Bay in Eastbourne and Hutt River at Birchville fell below “deadly” and the two reopening for swimmers. However, if you have any cuts, bruises, or skin lesions, avoid the waters!

What caused the contamination? The government says it doesn’t know!
http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/3268032/Sewage-contamination-at-Wellington-beach

25c per hour wage increase all we could afford:  John Key

As the government plans to increase its military personnel wages by an undisclosed sum, it said 25 cent increase, amounting to about $10 a week, was they could offer, take it or f**k off.

Labour Minister Kate Wilkinson said you can’t have an effective [sic] military force and eat your food, too, or words to that effect.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10622596

Lower Hutt homes evacuated after chemical found

Imagine buying a new house and then discovering 200 tons of deadly chemical buried underneath your dinning room. Well, that’s almost exactly what happened to Benji [name changed, so that he can flog off the house to another first time idiot.]

According to a police spokesman, a special army unit was preparing to move  the chemical to an undisclosed location (!)
http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/3268102/Lower-Hutt-homes-evacuated-after-chemical-found

Toxic fumes overcome dump visitor

Toxic fumes from concentrated nitric acid mixed with other toxic materials  sent a person to hospital. The highly toxic acid was dumped among rubbish at the EnviroWaste refuse and recycling center in Patiki Road in the Auckland suburb of Avondale today.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/3265782/Toxic-fumes-overcome-dump-visitor

Highly Contagious Mystery Bug Contaminating NZ Campsites

Holiday From Hell. A highly contagious mystery bug alleged to be Gastrointestinal Norovirus is contaminating New Zealand campsites.

Sewage in creek blamed for campground bug

“Routine water quality testing by Tasman District Council staff on January 15 found high levels of E.coli contamination at the mouth of the Tukurua Stream, which runs through the campground.”

“The level was 700 most probable number (mpn), well above the 240mpn which would see the council start ‘intensive monitoring’”.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10622304

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