‘Recharge’ beyond belief

LETTER

Last week on the front page was an article on protecting our water and waterways, and on the heritage and importance of that water to our community. All good stuff, it is really important. So important, in fact, that I believe some of the big oil companies and others have used their billions to buy up clean sources of water around the world amid the ongoing commentary about pollution running rampant.

On the same night there was commentary in another article quoting British environmentalist Sir Johnathon Porritt, who apparently said “our region was at the cutting edge of sustainable development”. What planet is he on?

Obviously he was not told about the plans of our dimbleby, dumblebob council — no doubt driven by agribusiness interests —that surfaced in a photo on Saturday of three smiling assassins digging a hole to prepare for injecting river water into the Makauri aquifer . . . among them the deputy mayor no less.

What a flawed, idiotic, utterly stupid thing to do.

I say “assassins” because that is what they are doing to our children’s heritage.

Don’t they know that the natural passage of water to these reservoirs can take decades rather than seasons?

Further, the water is filtered and undergoes a re-balancing at an atomic level as it soaks up or dissolves minerals along the way, making it the valuable resource that it is.

Re-injecting the biological contaminants and chemical run-off from the self-same agribusiness interests just does not make sense.

To pollute this clean, pristine water source is just beyond belief.

P.J. Roberts

Last week on the front page was an article on protecting our water and waterways, and on the heritage and importance of that water to our community. All good stuff, it is really important. So important, in fact, that I believe some of the big oil companies and others have used their billions to buy up clean sources of water around the world amid the ongoing commentary about pollution running rampant.

On the same night there was commentary in another article quoting British environmentalist Sir Johnathon Porritt, who apparently said “our region was at the cutting edge of sustainable development”. What planet is he on?

Obviously he was not told about the plans of our dimbleby, dumblebob council — no doubt driven by agribusiness interests —that surfaced in a photo on Saturday of three smiling assassins digging a hole to prepare for injecting river water into the Makauri aquifer . . . among them the deputy mayor no less.

What a flawed, idiotic, utterly stupid thing to do.

I say “assassins” because that is what they are doing to our children’s heritage.

Don’t they know that the natural passage of water to these reservoirs can take decades rather than seasons?

Further, the water is filtered and undergoes a re-balancing at an atomic level as it soaks up or dissolves minerals along the way, making it the valuable resource that it is.

Re-injecting the biological contaminants and chemical run-off from the self-same agribusiness interests just does not make sense.

To pollute this clean, pristine water source is just beyond belief.

P.J. Roberts

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