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Gastro outbreak costs mount up for Hawke's Bay Regional Council

The Hawke's Bay Regional Council has spent just more than $1 million on internal salary and external costs related to its Havelock North water contamination outbreak investigation and the ongoing government inquiry.

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Dirty water: Water bills may rise to stop sewage overflows

Water bills in the country's largest city may have to rise to stop raw sewage flowing into Auckland Harbour almost every time it rains.

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No choice over chlorine?

More than 100 Lake Hawea residents who attended a meeting at the weekend to express their opposition to chlorine being added to the town’s water supply permanently were told "it may happen anyway".

Queenstown Lakes District Council chief engineer Ulrich Glasner said the contamination of Havelock North’s water supply in August was "a trigger" for a lot of councils and district health boards to take steps to ensure drinking water was safe.

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Wellington man's sewage pipe predicament provokes criticism of city council

Wellington City Council's policy of charging homeowners for repairs to private water pipes underneath public roads appears to be at odds with commonsense, Local Government New Zealand says.

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Microbead ban overdue

A water industry group says it is thrilled by the government's proposal to ban plastic microbeads in personal care products, but thinks the ban should be enforced immediately.

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Consultation Paper on Managing Microbeads

MFE has released a consultation proposing a ban on the use of microbeads in personal care products in NZ, one which we will support due to the adverse environmental effects.

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Consultation Paper on Review of AS/NZS Standards

Water New Zealand have been consulted on proposals for reviewing a range of building standards, many of which are plumbing and piping related.

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Reviewing the Pipeline Inspection Manual

ProjectMax have completed the scoping report in preparation for updating the Water New Zealand Pipe Inspection Manual 2006 (NZPIM).

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Water New Zealand requires your input

Do you feel like there is a subject that Water New Zealand doesn't provide enough coverage on? Then we would like to hear from you.

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Too many damaging products being flushed

17 January 2017

Water New Zealand says wastewater treatment plants around the country are under growing stress because of the huge number of products that are flushed away.

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New Zealand Wastewater Treatment Plant Inventory

The New Zealand Wastewater Treatment Plant Inventory has been updated based on data collected in the 2015/16 National Performance Review in 2017.

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Government heads towards ban on microbeads

Tiny and toxic microbeads look set to be all-but banished as New Zealand follows international leads in moving towards a ban.

Environment Minister Nick Smith made the announcement on Freyberg Beach in Wellington on Monday afternoon, though Green Party co-leader James Shaw pointed out New Zealand was a "slow follower", and most big markets were further down the road of banning the beads.

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Where's the honesty on water?

Senior lecturer in environmental science/ecology at Massey University, Dr Mike Joy, looks at how changes in the formula around river monitoring along with a radical weakening of the limits for nitrogen is painting a falsely rosy picture of the state of our rivers.

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Fluoridation: New scientific review of fluoride and oral health

A new review published in a special issue of Community Dental Health devoted to the WHO approach to the prevention of dental cavities through the use of fluoride.

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Update on National Policy Statement Urban on Urban Development Capacity 2016

In July last year the Association made a submission on the proposed national policy statement on urban development.

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The critical place of water: Contractor Perspectives

The Kaikoura earthquake put the spotlight on the infrastructure around our precious water asset and the need to ensure we build resilience into communites.

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Forward momentum: Local Government Perspectives

Water issues remained firmly top of mind last year with a new focus on collaboration, the creation of draft metadata standards for water assets, and the need to respond to the campylobacter outbreak in Havelock North.

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Dairy NZ to appeal ruling over Greenpeace ad

DairyNZ says it will appeal the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruling that Greenpeace's "dirty dairying" advert did not breach advertising principles.

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Press editorial: Can we put a price on water?

OPINION: If the reaction to the plan to export bottled water from an Ashburton aquifer is any guide, Kiwis are likely to be outraged at the proposal to export up to 800 million litres a month of pristine South Westland water.

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Draft Water NZ Submission – Fluoridation of Drinking Water Bill Comments Requested

Water New Zealand has drafted a submission on the Health (Fluoridation of Drinking Water) Amendment Bill for comment.

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Industry Feedback Required on Non-residential Rainwater and Greywater Systems

BRANZ is currently seeking industry opinion on the driver and/or barriers to uptake of rainwater and greywater systems in New Zealand's non-residential buildings.

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draft Water New Zealand Good Practice Guide for the Beneficial Use of Organic Waste Products on Land

The draft Water New Zealand Good Practice Guide for the Beneficial Use of Organic Waste Products on Land is now available for public review, consultation and comment

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HBRC voted to publicly notify future water bottling consents

The Hawkes Bay Regional Council has today voted to require all future water bottling consent applications be publicly notified and heard in an open and public way.

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Water hui concerns raised

Assurances are being made that a hui on water issues was not intended to be "exclusive" despite concerns from one of the region's mayors.