Temporary health warning issued for Lake Rotorua

Following a break in a wastewater main overnight on Tuesday, a temporary health warning has been issued for Lake Rotorua.

On Tuesday night, Rotorua Lakes Council was notified about a leak in a wastewater main near the Parawai Road pump station.

Staff from council, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Trility and Fulton Hogan responded immediately and followed correct procedures however, prior to notification wastewater from the break entered Lake Rotorua near Parawai Road via a stormwater drain.

Contractors from Trility and Fulton Hogan worked throughout the night to repair the pipe. It was fixed at 4.30am on Wednesday.

While repairs were underway, sucker trucks were used to pull wastewater away from the broken section to reduce any further flow into the lake.

During the night staff notified stakeholders and contacts were made to minimise health risk, signage was also placed from Waiteti to Kawaha Point to warn the public against using the lake.

After further discussion with Toi Te Ora Public Health on Wednesday morning, the health warning has been extended to the whole of Lake Rotorua.

As a precaution the temporary health notice will be in place until further notice and regular testing of the lake water will take place during that time. Signage is in place around the lake to advise the public about the warning.

The warning advises against swimming or playing in the lake water until the warning is lifted.

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