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Council to lower Lake Rotoiti level

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 9/07/2016

Lake Rotoiti on New Zealand's South Island. © Reuters Lake Rotoiti on New Zealand's South Island. The annual drawdown of Lake Rotoiti is scheduled to take place after the first attempt was postponed in June.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council principal engineering surveyor Graeme O'Rourke said the drawdown was called off in June because there had been heavy rain.

"We can currently see a window of reasonably fine weather ahead between July 10 and 18, and we will undertake the drawdown then," he said.

The council hopes to start the drawdown at 5pm on Sunday.

It lowers the lake by 100mm each year to facilitate flushing of the Ohau Channel to help reduce flood risk in the channel.

It holds levels at or near the drawdown limit for a few weeks.

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