Monday, August 23, 2004

The third world

Not Yorkshire, but the Wairarapa. Masterton's sewage system is apparently leaking 890,000 litres of treated sewage into the local water table. It could be worse - it could be untreated, but it's still not exactly good.

Isn't this the sort of thing the government should be doing something about? If local bodies cannot afford basic sewage systems that don't endanger people's lives, then shouldn't central government step in to ensure some minimum standards?