26 Aug 2009

Dairy farmers warned about surveillance

1:52 pm on 26 August 2009

Manawatu-Wanganui Regional Council is urging farmers to come forward with possible problems about their effluent disposal systems to avoid being prosecuted during routine dairy farm inspections.

The council will inspect 450 farms in the region over the next few months, to ensure that systems are working well, to prevent any damage to waterways from effluent contamination.

It says if dairy farmers alert the council about the system's problems before an inspection takes place, no enforcement action will be taken if there's a plan to fix them.