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NZ Pure Blue wants to send millions of litres of Waikato water offshore

Millions of litres of crystal clear spring water could be bottled and shipped overseas in a proposal backed by the local council.

NZ Pure Blue Springs Limited wants to take from Putaruru's Blue Spring in the Waihou River more than the amount of water currently being pulled from the Waikato for bottling.

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Formal collaboration needed to help ensure safe drinking water

Water New Zealand is calling for formal collaboration in the drinking water sector to help avoid another contamination crisis.

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Time to ban glitter - it's just as bad as microbeads, experts say

Microbeads might be on their way out – but have you thought about glitter?

Environment Minister Nick Smith announced earlier this year that cosmetic products containing tiny plastic pieces, known as microbeads, will be banned in July next year.

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Concern about adverse effects of increased irrigation

Irrigation is increasing on Rangitikei's coastal sand country and Horizons Regional Council has measures in place to pull it back if there are adverse effects.

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Targeted approach wanted for water

Federated Farmers is seeking a ''targeted catchment approach'' to addressing water quality, where sustainable economic growth could be achieved alongside environmental goals.

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Ofwat calls on water companies to have robust data strategy

Water companies must be ambitious in the way they use data to benefit customers, and ensure they have a robust data strategy in place, the economic regulator of the water sector in England and Wales has insisted.

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Otago farmers search for advice to reduce their water impact

More Otago farmers are looking for advice to reduce their operation's impact on water quality and comply with rules in the Otago Water Plan.

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Future-focused plan for NZ's infrastructure needed - LGNZ

New Zealand’s infrastructure is at a crossroads and needs to be a key focus in the upcoming election, Local Government New Zealand says.

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Great support for water survey

Water New Zealand’s customer survey closed last week with response numbers significantly above expectation thanks to the support from councils and our members around the country.

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Survey reveals UK water firms trailing on value for money

The UK water industry is in danger of slipping behind other utilities when it comes to providing value for money to customers, the Consumer Council for Water (CCWater) has warned.

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UK water utility facing prosecution for 2015 cryptosporidium outbreak

United Utilities (UU) is facing charges over a cryptosporidium outbreak which affected approximately 700,000 people in Lancashire in 2015. The company has received a summons from the Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI), and a full court case will be heard, commencing June 30.

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Building National Infrastructure Capacity: Lessons from Scotland

This latest report from Infrastructure NZ reports on a recent study tour to Scotland by Infrastructure NZ and lessons for NZ.

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Time for national conversation about water pricing

The overwhelming public support for royalty charges to companies bottling and selling water offshore is a signal that a national conversation over water pricing is long overdue.

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INDUSTRY UPDATE Watercare reviews compliance and connection processes

Changes are in the pipeline for anyone working on or connecting to Auckland’s public water and wastewater infrastructure.

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Under-resourced water unit still ‘in crisis’

Hastings District Council’s water services unit remains ‘‘in crisis’’ as it continues to grapple with the aftermath of last year’s Havelock North gastro outbreak, a report has found.

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Targetting urban stormwater to clean up waterways

Urban stormwater is likely to be the next target in efforts to clean up New Zealand’s waterways.

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Fish Passage 2018 – International conference to be held in Albury-Wodonga

We are excited to announce that the 2018 International Conference on Engineering & Ecohydrology for Fish Passage (Fish Passage 2018) will be hosted by Charles Sturt University and the NSW Department of Primary Industries in Albury-Wodonga, New South Wales, on December 10­­–14, 2018.

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Membership Renewals, Retired Membership

Members are reminded that their paid subscriptions will renew on 1 July.

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Hastings water review calls for 'overhaul'

A new review recommends a ‘‘comprehensive overhaul’’ of Hastings District Council’s water services to ensure there is no repeat of last year’s Havelock North gastro crisis.

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Seeking member feedback on the development of National Planning Standards

MfE is seeking input to the first set of National Planning Standards (the standards).

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Drinking water on councils’ minds

Both tap water and bottled water are high on the menu for Councils as they tussle with the Government over water quality standards and water allocation.

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Freshwater Symposium shows commitment to water improvement

A Freshwater Symposium hosted by Local Government New Zealand last week showed there is a strong platform for improving freshwater quality in New Zealand.

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Councils face flood of water infrastructure costs

Councils across the country are facing a flood of bills to replace ageing water pipes, sewers and drains put down in the 1960s and they are calling on the Government to help plan and pay for the replacement infrastructure, which Local Government New Zealand says will cost up to $100 billion.

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Good Practice Guide for the Beneficial Use of Organic Waste Products on Land - Progress Update

As most of you know submissions on the draft Good Practice Guide for the Beneficial Use of Organic Waste Products on Land have now closed and been considered by the Steering Group.

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Smith backs Waikoropupū conservation order

An application to give New Zealand's largest and clearest freshwater springs the equivalent of National Park status has gained the support of the Environment Minister.