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District Council must protect our drinking water

Taranaki, June 7, 2016

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At today’s public hearings on the Proposed South Taranaki District Plan, Climate Justice Taranaki argued that avoiding adverse effects on human drinking water sources must be added to the district plan.

“Under the proposed plan, the District Council is not required to assess explicitly the potential adverse effects on drinking water sources, when considering resource consents. This is just not good enough, when all water supplies, whether they’re for rural or urban communities, should be protected,” Catherine Cheung of Climate Justice Taranaki said.

Amendment sought

This issue was first raised by Taranaki District Health Board (TDHB) in their submission on the proposed plan. The DHB also recommended that Schedule 5 on Significant Waterbodies be amended, to specifically ensure the provision and protection of human drinking water sources. Under the Health Act and the National Environment Standards on Sources of Human Drinking Water, council, being the district’s main drinking-water supplier, has the responsibility to protect our drinking water sources.

“Our group fully supports the DHB’s recommendations. We were shocked when we read that both recommendations were rejected in Council Officers’ report,” Ms Cheung said..

Climate Justice Taranaki will be speaking again at subsequent hearing sessions concerning hazardous substances, energy and other issues, in late June.

For additional reading, please follow the link below.

https://climatejusticetaranaki.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/cjt-south-taranaki-district-plan-hearing-statement-7june2016.pdf

Source: Climate Justice Taranaki Inc.

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