Options for Christchurch Effluent
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Why use taxpayers' money to destroy the environment, when there are options for dealing with the disposal of effluent, which are not only environmentally sustainable, but also economically viable.
The idea of piping the waste out to sea has so many obvious environmental, recreational, and economic, disadvantages. This is not a valid solution, simply because it will need more taxpayers' money in order to service and maintain.
In Australia, a percentage of effluent is processed by worm farms, which produce soil, which is then used on farms. Farmers pay for the soil, which in turn pays for the operation of the facility. The farmers are impressed with the results that the soil yields. The saying one man's trash is another's treasure, is so appropriate to this situation. Farmers are more than happy to purchase rich soil, which will not require fertilizer regimes. The soil becomes a particularly attractive option, if the soil is competitively priced.
Alternatively, treated effluent could be used for irrigation purposes and ease our increasing vulnerability to drought conditions.
Lets look at other options. We need solutions that our children's, children will appreciate. We need to know they will be able to swim in and harvest food from the ocean, without the fear of poisoning themselves with faecal matter.
Say no to the "Ocean Outfall" proposal!