Source: MIL-OSI Submissions
Greenpeace is conducting free drop-in water testing days in Ashburton and Temuka this coming weekend to enable households to check their bore water for nitrate contamination.
10am – 2pm, Saturday 10th July at Mid Canterbury Community House, 44 Cass St, Ashburton
10am – 2pm, Sunday 11th July at Alpine Energy Community Centre, Fergusson Drive, Temuka
Greenpeace is running the testing in conjunction with the Federation of Freshwater Anglers.
The major causes of nitrate pollution are a huge increase in dairy cows and synthetic nitrogen fertiliser use since 1990.
Greenpeace is supporting calls from medical experts to take a precautionary approach, and is asking the Government to lower the limit for nitrate contamination in water from 11.3mg/L to 0.87mg/L in line with international research linking nitrate contamination to bowel cancer and adverse birth outcomes.
Greenpeace is continuing its push for the Government to phase out synthetic nitrogen fertiliser as part of the suite of actions needed to reduce nitrate contamination of water.
Greenpeace senior campaigner Steve Abel will be at both water testing days and is available for interviews.