14 June 2017
A new filtering device being installed on the lakefront will help prevent sediment, oil and debris from entering Lake Taupo.
The underground stormwater quality improvement device will be near the hot water beach at the end of Mere Road. It will be the second device of its kind operating on the Taupo lakefront, after one was installed near the Lake Taupo Hole in One Challenge last year.
Water will be filtered through the device, which uses a vortex to separate and remove contaminants from the water, resulting in cleaner water discharging into the lake.
Spartan Construction is installing the device this month, and has closed the access road to the hot water beach to ensure the safety of the community while work is carried out. Heavy machinery is operating in the area.
The devices have been budgeted for in the Long-term Plan 2015-2025 as part of the council's commitment to looking after the environment. They work downstream of Enviropods already installed in drains around Taupo that collect floating litter before it reaches the stormwater network.