It seems that we as a country are pondering a new innovation for Auckland:
Sea pollution: Computer to predict pollution
Auckland Council scientists are developing a computer model that will predict, for beach swimmers, the amount of sewage pollution on any given day.
At present, under the council’s summertime Safe Swim programme, water samples are collected once a week at some 60 beaches and analysed for their amounts of sewage-indicating bacteria.
If the enterococci levels are elevated, depending on how high they are, a second sample can be taken, or health warning signs can be erected.
The problem is that the laboratory testing can take several days to produce a result. Subsequent rain can overtake an earlier dry-weather sample by flushing pollution into streams and harbour water when the combined wastewater/stormwater system in parts of central Auckland overflows as intended.
A senior marine scientist at the council, Dr Jarrod Walker, is developing a computer model based on a council study of sewage pollution levels…
I wonder if they will incorporate the Shitcast with the regular weather forecast from Metservice.
Don’t get me wrong – I’m not protesting the idea of forecasting pollution. I’m protesting the sad fact that it is necessary in 100% Pure NZ.
I think the government needs to take immediate action. I think John Key needs to find himself some different advisors to tell him it isn’t so. That will fix it.