Our very own aquifer steward, Pauline Doyle, is mounting a petition to NCC calling for a public referendum.
The NCC, who in a nutshell wants to spend $10m million of our money for installation of permanent chlorination equipment without even asking us what we want.
With the Dutch using a system that does not involve dumping a toxin in their drinking water, said toxin which bumps things off indiscriminately, and in our case only to cater for deficient maintenance on our distribution network, it seems to me we should have some input as to how our rates are being spent.
Any who are happy to gather signatures PM me with your address and i will drop off an info sheet and one for signatures.
Here is Pauline's info sheet;
1/ Chlorine depletes the bugs in the human gut – including the good bugs which are vital for a healthy intestine.
2/ It undermines the immune system e.g. many people are now experiencing skin problems they’ve never had before, while others are finding that chlorine worsens existing skin conditions such as eczema making it far more painful.
3/ Most of New Zealand has NOT already chlorinated – many small towns are resisting – and so is Christchurch.
4/ Christchurch City Council has chlorinated temporarily while they upgrade their system and in August 20% of Christchurch will be chlorine-free again.
5/ Last year's Havelock North government inquiry recommended universal treatment of drinking water, but Canterbury Medical Officer of Health Alistair Humphrey says: "I think Christchurch is a special case”. Christchurch will claim exemption if the government decides on mandatory treatment nationwide.
6/ We think Napier is a special case and should also claim exemption – Napier and Christchurch both draw from secure confined aquifers.
7/ Havelock North bores were in the UNCONFINED part of the Heretaunga aquifer with paddocks of sheep nearby. The crisis management model developed for Havelock North in December 2016 ordered maximum chlorination and a tenfold increase in the E coli testing regime - the previous chlorination trigger was 10ppm – last year this was raised to 1ppm. NCC was forced to adopt this overly sensitive regime so of course the number of E coli transgressions in Napier increased and chlorine was added – like the over-reaction with the discredited meth-testing regime.
8/ Reliance on permanent chlorination can lead to a false sense of security. Chlorine does not kill protozoa such as giardia and cryptosporidium. If there is a problem in the distribution network fix the problem - don’t just throw chlorine in the water. In emergencies, if councils are genuinely concerned about risks to public health a “Boil Water” warning should also be issued to all consumers.
9/ Eight of the ten municipal bores in Napier are now ready for certification as secure bores and, with the chlorine flushing programme completed, Napier should be able to return to normal by the end of August: one hundred percent pure water with no chemical additives.
10/ Why would Napier ratepayers agree to a $10 million upgrade, only to be forced to drink chlorinated water, permanently?
Pauline Doyle, Spokesperson GUARDIANS OF THE AQUIFER
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