The dairy industry is responsible for high levels of E coli found near the country’s largest freshwater springs – a water quality advocate says.
Friends of Golden Bay chairperson Andrew Yuill is applying for a conservation order – along with local iwi – for an aquifer flowing into Te Waikoropupu Springs – after testing revealed record levels of E coli.
If successful a conservation order would provide legal protection for the aquifer.
Mr Yuill told Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan there was 40 times more E coli present in water flowing overland near the springs than what the government would consider swimmable.
He said this was due to large-scale dairy farms nearby.