Drinking water study raises fresh concern over intensive farming

A New Zealand Herald website.

Parts of New Zealand are drawing pre-treated drinking water from rivers found to be regularly polluted with harmful nasties like E.Coli and campylobacter.

New research, led by a group of Massey University scientists, raises more warnings about the impacts of agricultural intensification, at a time of heightened worry over the quality of many of New Zealand’s drinking water supplies.

The scientists investigated levels of four microbes – the bacteria campylobacter and E.coli, and protozoa cryptosporidium and giardia – at 16 waterways supplying drinking water for 13 towns and cities.

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