Medindia

X

Worries About Nitrate in Canterbury’s Drinking Water

by Savitha C Muppala on  October 22, 2013 at 10:30 PM Environmental Health   - G J E 4
Grave worries exist about increasing levels of nitrate in Canterbury's drinking water and the risk it poses to human health.

Experts are of the opinion that this is a matter to be taken very seriously. They also feel that intensive farming may have led to the present scenario.
 Worries About Nitrate in Canterbury’s Drinking Water
Worries About Nitrate in Canterbury’s Drinking Water
Advertisement

Nearly thirty percent of the wells tested showed growing levels of nitrate and alarmingly these wells are the main source of drinking water in the rural areas.

Advertisement
Federated Farmers Mid-Canterbury President Chris Allen allayed fears and said, "It's extremely safe, there's no question about that. The water quality standard for drinking water is twice as strict in New Zealand as it is in other parts of the world."

"There are hotspots around Ashburton - they are not part of the community water scheme, they will be individual wells on farming properties."

High levels of nitrate pose serious health risks especially to pregnant women and babies.



Source: Medindia
Advertisement

Post your Comments

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
User Avatar
* Your comment can be maximum of 2500 characters
Notify me when reply is posted I agree to the terms and conditions

You May Also Like

Advertisement
View All