Water monitoring and clean-up continues
Water monitoring and clean-up operations are continuing following the Lake Terrace work site wastewater spill on Tuesday.
Head of operations Kevin Strongman said that testing showed that while contamination remained on the lake front near the work site, there appeared to have been no impact on the Waikato River.
“We’ve been working closely with Toi Te Ora Public Health, Tūwharetoa Maori Trust Board and Waikato Regional Council on the monitoring and have been taking sediment samples in addition to our daily water samples. This has been one of the biggest monitoring projects we’ve done, with our team out rain or shine, and it is great to see that contamination levels have fallen dramatically and continue to fall,” he said.
Mr Strongman said that council teams were also continuing clean-up operations on the lake shore. “Multiple sweeps along the lake shore have been carried out to make sure we are picking up anything that shouldn’t be down there. So far the vast majority of what our crews are picking up is litter and plastic waste, but they’ll keep going up and down the lake shore till we are absolutely sure we’ve got everything that could have entered the lake from the spill.”