The Havelock North gastro outbreak is big – Timeline: Havelock North’s water contamination crisis
More than 4000 people in Havelock North have been brought down with gastric illness – New Zealand’s worst-ever waterborne disease outbreak.
The outbreak might also have killed a person, after test results confirmed an elderly woman who died last week had contracted campylobacter.
The most likely cause comes as no surprise – Campylobacter most likely from livestock – Yule
The source of campylobacter found in Havelock North’s water is most likely to be cattle, sheep or deer, according to an interim report into the contamination crisis.
Hastings Mayor Lawrence Yule said it was likely the previous weekend’s flooding had swept faeces from livestock into the water supply.
“It’s very hard to explain it in any other way. I’ve been a farmer, I’m an engineer, and it looks likely that somehow that has occurred.”
Naturally this development was the subject of a classic Friday 5pm news dump. A government that has let our water quality deteriorate would rather we didn’t know about the consequences.
This is the first such major event, but it won’t be the last, unless we clean up our water!
If livestock weren't found to be likely source of Hastings water pollution, would they have waited till after 5pm on a Friday to announce?
— Russel Norman (@RusselNorman) August 19, 2016
Best solution to NZ's drinking water problems is not to add chlorine to water. It is to stop adding faeces.
— Russel Norman (@RusselNorman) August 17, 2016
Health Minister denies Havelock North drinking water #emergency.
— Eastbourne Environment (@EastbourneEnvt) August 18, 2016