Story: Water quality

Lake Taupō catchment

Lake Taupō catchment

The Lake Taupō catchment contains about 19% of farmland, which is considered to be the main source of the nitrates contaminating the lake water. Government agencies and landowners have planned a reduction of 20% in the 2003 nitrate level by 2022.

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Mike Scarsbrook and Kit Rutherford, 'Water quality - Lakes Rotorua and Taupō, and the Manawatū River', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/map/15533/lake-taupo-catchment (accessed 24 April 2024)

Story by Mike Scarsbrook and Kit Rutherford, published 24 Nov 2008, updated 18 Jul 2016