Taranaki farmers given strong message to upgrade effluent disposal systems

Posted 11/02/2019

Stuff NZ website

A high incidence of non-compliant incidents involving dairy effluent discharges from Taranaki farms was not considered unusual, the Taranaki Regional Council says.

More than 70 per cent of non-compliances, or resource consent breaches, were found during the annual dairy inspection during spring last year.

During the inspection round council staff issued abatement and infringement notices to 58 farm owners for non-compliant effluent discharge, from a total of 80 incidents of non-compliance.

Notices were also sent to owners of 11 farms where streams on properties were described by council staff as "green".

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