'Lax' nitrates rules leave pregnant women and babies at risk from polluted drinking water

Posted 01/02/2019

Stuff NZ website

Nitrate levels soared across farmland in North Canterbury last year, leaving some drinking water bores so polluted they posed a danger to pregnant women and babies.

Concentrations of the chemical rose by more than 50 per cent in a single year in some bores around Culverden, Rotherham and Waiau in the Amuri Basin.

The area is supplied with irrigation water by Amuri Irrigation Company (AIC), which has strict conditions over nitrate levels under its Environment Canterbury (ECan) resource consent.

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