Wednesday, August 24, 2016

BOLLOCKS, THE ONLY THIRD WORLD ASPECT IS ATTITUDE.

Never has so much been expended on a non event.

The people of Havelock have, with a village mentality, been seeing themselves as something that are not and never will be. Somehow better than the those who live just up Havelock Road in Hastings and infinitely better than the people of Flaxmere. As demonstrated so vividly they were all at risk in Hastings urban area when their shared water supply became toxic.

That "village mentality" has over many years resisted a simple chlorination system that would have prevented the sad outcomes from a contaminated water supply that has had thousands wishing they had never discovered Campylobacter was not the neighbours cat.

My spies have told me there is now a "security guard" standing in the open land where the bores are situated, no mention of any back up should that erstwhile person have a sudden call of nature and lets understand,  those with a working knowledge of the epidemic under discussion will confirm, the ravages of gastro intestinal can have a very short time lapse between urge and expulsion when campylobacter is around.

A drilled Bore water supply has a very obvious and unpreventable ability to suffer contamination. While the liner can deliver water as pure as the underground aquifer can sustain, it is very difficult to prevent surface water finding its level by travelling down the outer surface of the well liner to that reservoir and should that free water become contaminated, then the stage is set for a disaster. Inland from Hastings/Havelock and Flaxmere,  other urbanised settlements have some rustic effluent systems that could be in the gun

Add in the fact that almost all citizens now have a relatively secure water supply, leading to precious little protection in the ability for almost all citizens to thwart an inevitable biological assault.
Back in the day many rural dwellers had a water supply that today would have medical officers of health in conniptions.

Water races were an affordable and efficient system of providing water to stock and houses across many acres of this country and are still to be seen as a line across hillsides and many roads followed such races as boundaries in the evolution from runs/stations to farms and small holdings.
In my childhood on the Northern Amuri plains a very small flow creek with  reliable summer base flow had been harnessed with a weir to divert its flow into an open race that served our farm and five others for stock and all took their house water from that water race system, a concept repeated in hundreds of other areas throughout the developing nation. In our case about a kilometre up race from our house a two inch galvanised pipe took water from that race and delivered it to two four hundred gallon tanks at the back door where natural settling was the  purifying part of the system. It was not unusual particularly in high summer to have a cow walking up the race above the "intake" grazing the lush growth on the banks while passing  waste from either orifice or worse, a deceased animal, bovine, ovine or merely a pest such as rabbit, hare, possum, or bird that had expired in the waterway.

Since leaving home and living rural for all but a couple of years out of over fifty when we resided in the old Akaroa borough with its heavily chlorinated open creek sourced water,  swmbo and self have lived entirely dependent on Rainwater collected  from the roof of our habitation, currently with the advanced protection that only birds can access the collection areas, the other nod to progress has an inline cartridge filter  to a tap on the kitchen bench for drinking water, that said we still brush teeth with unfiltered water. Yes we are at risk but it is measured and accepted risk, while the nearby city of the dammed is playing Russian roulette with its assumed water supply safety and yet that has nearly 400 000 souls who could be at risk of what Havelock has and still endures in a biological contamination event because they decline to adopt chlorination.

The prime suspect in this recent "headline news"  story that has an ignorant and non-inquiring MSM so occupied is IMEHO the recent weather event that delivered above average precipitation and power outages in sync.
Anyone with a minor understanding of modern water supply and effluent management becoming seriously compromised with the thousands suffering,  evidence  exhibit "A".
One Hastings District person who lives rural as we  have for decades, suffered numerous barbs and ridicule because she took water from home to work only to have karma enter stage left and strike her tormentor down with the dreaded lurgy.
That exposes another false rumour with the rubbish that a reused "water bottle" can be contaminated to the degree of a toilet seat, of course possible, yes, but likely not with basic hygiene and washing procedures, then again not difficult to unearth some who will be exponents of such rumour being proved true.  More than one anecdotal tale of woe from sufferers who having overindulged taking the age old cure next morning with copious water taken aboard to reduce the dehydration effects with disastrous results.

A safe water supply is a given in NZ today but with reduced tolerance of many nasties just waiting to pounce it seems rather stupid and ignorant for any supply authority to ignore a proven, logical affordable water treatment such as basic chlorination provides. I am left wondering just how many water bottling enterprises start with chlorinated water and remove the chemical with filtering to then label their product as "spring water" or some other name suggesting 100% pure.

4 comments:

paul scott said...

Thanks Dodger, good article.
So Campylobacter and Toxoplasma are out for cat's names.
I remember in the days we climbed things for fun, a lot of old homes in rural areas having strange dead things in their water tanks, usually birds and opossums.
Also I suppose IMEHO means "In my excellent but humble opinion"

Noel said...

"As demonstrated so vividly they were all at risk in Hastings urban area when their shared water supply became toxic."

No. The aquifer that supplies Havelock North differs to the aquifers that supply other suburbs of Hastings.

Anonymous said...

At the risk of thread jacking I would just like to inform the blog that Sir Anthony Jay who wrote "Yes Minister and it's sequel, after which this blog in named, has died this morning.

RIP the genius.

Lord Egbut

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Thank you, Legbut.