23 Apr 2021

Taranaki contaminated aquifer labelled risk to human health

From Morning Report, 8:29 am on 23 April 2021

An aquifer in coastal Taranaki is contaminated with an agricultural chemical at a level that is a risk to human health.

It had been hoped to use the aquifer to augment water supply at Okato, but testing of a bore at Oxford Road found levels of the fungicide difenoconazole at 50 times that permitted in the European Union.

RNZ's Taranaki Whanganui reporter Robin Martin has more