Coopers Beach in the Far North of New Zealand

During this latest Voices from the North interview, Richard Robbins of the Far North Environment Centre shares some insights on water quality and the idea that our water treatment plants, rather than being enlarged, could work better if we simply reduced the amount of material to be purified in the first instance.

He points out that our present systems are still based on the Victorian notion of adding pure and valuable water to toilet waste, thereby impacting hugely on the load in sewerage treatment plants. Something to think about here.

He also makes the astute comment that collecting rainwater from rooftops in storage tanks is a means to slow the impact of heavy rains in built up areas. Not only do householders capture a valuable resource, the storm water systems would not need to be as large. Good point Richard!

Here’s the complete informative interview:


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