One farmer can use as much water as 30,000 city dwellers – economist – MSN

One farmer can use as much water as 30,000 city dwellers – economist – MSN

An economist has done the math on how much water would need to be used to create the $50,000 bill National says farmers will need to cough up under Labour.

Peter Fraser, a former senior analyst at the New Zealand Treasury, told Radio New Zealand that while the average farmer could use enough water to get a $50,000 tax bill, to do this farmers would use as much water as more than 30,000 people.

“Irrigation is the biggest user of water in New Zealand bar absolutely nothing … statistics put out by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment around 5 or 6 years ago showed that 78% of the water in New Zealand was actually used just by irrigation,” Mr Fraser said.

By MSN

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