Water sampling confirm acceptable levels – signage removed
Results from water sampling in the downstream areas of the Waikato River over the past three days has confirmed the water quality is within acceptable levels, following a wastewater overflow at the Taupo Wastewater Treatment Plant on Wednesday 26 August.
While preliminary results last week had shown a fast dispersal rate at all downstream sites due to the fast-flowing nature of the river, a precautionary approach was taken with signage remaining in place over the weekend.
However, results have now confirmed that water levels at all test sites along the river are within acceptable levels and signage has now been removed.
Chief executive Gareth Green said council was working closely with Waikato Regional Council as part of an ongoing investigation.
“Our initial investigation has shown a fault with the alarm system, following a water valve being left open. We are working closely with Waikato Regional Council to determine what additional measures we can put in place to make sure this doesn’t happen again,” he said.
“In this instance, our water samples show that the fast-flowing river has helped to disperse the overflow very quickly,” he said.