Letter: Clarks Beach

Thank you for highlighting the sad state of pollution at Clarks Beach. I was not really shocked when I checked out the Safe Swim website and discovered that Clarks Beach is designated as a permanent “No swim zone”. Just ten years ago, scallops could be harvested, but visitors depleted the beds. They are now long gone (the scallops). As for the source of pollution, it is obviously Auckland’s sewage treatment plant which pumps millions of litres of ‘treated’ effluent into the harbour every day. If we pumped the effluent inland into giant wetlands, we could irrigate the entire North Island, create a drought free country, and swim in the sea again. Just a thought. – Abridged
D McDonald

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