Stormwater separator to be included in Lake Terrace rebuild
A new stormwater separator will be installed near the Lake Terrace and Tongariro Street intersection as part of repair work being carried out following the recent washout.
Head of operations Kevin Strongman said the separator – or Downstream Defender as it is known by manufacturer Hynds – will be the sixth of its kind installed around the district.
“The Downstream Defenders use centrifugal force to remove pollutants, and we have installed them in Taupō and Turangi with good results. The great thing about them is that they catch the smaller particles that other systems miss, like cigarette butts and smaller pieces of plastic. We have one Defender installed on the lake front near Ruapehu Street, and would have loved to install another on Lake Terrace close to the central business district, but the difficulty of closing the roads to install it and engineering it into the existing system meant this was nearly impossible. Now that we have extensive repairs underway in that location as a result of the washout, we have a great opportunity make this happen,” he said.
Mr Strongman said the Downstream Defender was currently under construction by the manufacturer and installation would begin in the coming weeks.