Drug-resistant bacteria: Sewage-treatment plants described as giant ‘mixing vessels’ after scientists discover mutated microbes in British river

There has been some discussion within Harbourcare concerning the possibility that the concentration of the Jones Road plant outfall onto the Omaha Golf course could provide a suitable mixing pot for the evolution of drug resistant bacteria. The thought is that bacteria in the outfall is concentrated together with trace pharmaceuticals such as anti-biotics and contained in say the groundwater beneath the Omaha golf course. Well maybe this is not so fanciful! Here is an article published in the Independent on Saturday 19 July 2014 as their lead story.

Drug-resistant bacteria: Sewage-treatment plants described as giant ‘mixing vessels’ after scientists discover mutated microbes in British river

Exclusive: Discovery reveals role of sewerage plants in creating mutated microbes that are resistant to antibiotics

Exclusive: Discovery reveals role of sewerage plants in creating mutated microbes that are resistant to antibiotics

Matakana Village Development Decisions (Plan Change 64)

Sewerage Works at Jones Road

Sewerage Works at Jones Road


By Elizabeth Foster

We put in a submission (see Sewage Entering Harbour) opposing the pumping of sewage from Matakana to our harbour. The Commissioners acknowledged the issue and declined all submissions which would have resulted in intensification in the village and would have pushed sewage beyond the limit of 2000 people imposed by Watercare.

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Plan Change 64 Matakana Village

The specific provision of the plan change/modification that my submission relates to:
Any reference to disposal of sewage

We: Oppose

The reason for our views is:
We do not want disposal of sewage from Matakana into our fragile harbour catchment (Whangateau) as there is no adequate research showing this is environmentally safe especially if Matakana continues to develop.
It is already clear that the receiving environment cannot cope with existing effluent.

We seek the following decision from the council:
If the plan change/modification is not declined, then amend it as outlined below
Proposed amendments:
Return all treated sewage from Omaha to the Matakana catchment

Watercare Sign - Ian Macdonald

An upgraded wastewater system is being installed in Matakana which pipes it all into the Whangateau Harbour catchment - Ian Macdonald