Ministry for the Environment says swimmable rivers target will cost estimated $217 million per year

According to Stuff writer Marty Sharpe the cost of making 90 percent of our rivers and lakes "swimmable" by 2040 has been estimated at $217 million a year, most of which would be borne those living in rural areas and Auckland.

The costs were calculated by the Ministry for the Environment after the nation's 16 regional councils submitted their draft targets for meeting the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management goal of having 90 percent of rivers and lakes swimmable by 2040.

A swimmable lake or river has a low level of E. coli, which is used as an indicator of the risk to human health.

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