Waikato District Council has set themselves a challenge to have the “Most Engaged Community in New Zealand by 2020”. To achieve this the Council has set out on a journey to transform itself and firmly embed a customer centric philosophy in everything it does.
Following the merger of Capacity Infrastructure Services and Greater Wellington Bulk Water into Wellington Water in 2014 the combined operation teams were able to work to improve dewatering performance at the site.
The paper examines a tool New Zealand does have available at this point in time to provide a cultural metric, the Mauri Model, and assesses how it has been applied to date.
This paper will examine SCADA’s role in complying with the drinking-water standards, and the methods of processing associated samples and measurements (Plant->Instrumentation->Remote Terminal->Communication->Processing->Data Storage->Reporting).
A domestic meter replacement strategy was required for a Regional Council in Australia. The strategy was to be based on meter accuracies which should ultimately culminate into a financial assessment of an optimum payback period.
While the New Zealand approach to outfall siting investigations, environmental effects assessments, resource consenting, and operation and maintenance is well developed, it is timely to carry out a stock take of current international practice.
This paper will outline some of the design issues and discuss some construction features of the rock protection and illustrate durability post construction.
Hastings Wastewater Treatment Plant discharges treated effluent to the Hawke Bay via a 3km long outfall pipeline constructed in the early 1980’s. This outfall is a critical element of the treatment plant as the historic beach discharge and short outfall are no longer acceptable to the community other than in an emergency situation.
This paper provides an overview of the technology, processes and deliverables for these two projects demonstrating the wider applicability of the technology to support regulatory compliance, asset management and environmental planning.
This paper describes the challenges of translating the health and safety outcomes of paper-based studies into practical actions that must be carried out during construction, operation and maintenance.
This paper summarises some of these innovative solutions, using delivered examples from the Christchurch rebuild, as well as one built elsewhere, applying the learnings from Christchurch. It highlights the need to have the right people, from multiple disciplines, involved in projects from the outset; to challenge conventional wisdom in delivering safe, resilient, yet cost-effective, infrastructure for our communities.
Aren’t we all a little overwhelmed with the new legislation, the Health & Safety at Work Act (2015) that just came into effect on 4th April 2016? What do we need to do to meet our legal obligations under the Act?
Resolving the question of rights and interests in water remains difficult because water is a resource that is essential for our economic, environmental, cultural and social well-being and a number of different stakeholders claim rights to water, each with potentially competing interests.
This paper outlines the drivers behind key decisions and covers key design, commissioning and operational requirements, as well as a summary of the lessons learned.
The paper briefly addresses ten separate, yet in in many cases related initiatives. The discussion focuses on key matters of relevance to our water and associated environmental sectors.
The North Waikato Regional Landfill (NWRL) is owned and operated by EnviroWaste and is the largest operating landfill in New Zealand. The NWRL was opened in 2005 and comprises of a fully engineered landfill with a footprint of 87 ha contained within a 360ha site.
This paper firstly gives an brief update on where the metadata project has got to, secondly where the opportunities might be for the next steps, but thirdly and most importantly, it again presents the case for the need for all New Zealand Councils to proactively get on board with a national approach to a standardised set of performance measures which central government and local government can use going forward.
he study describes how cost estimates were derived to reflect the diversity of treatment plant types and capacities, as well as how the level of existing treatment plant infrastructure impacts the costs of adding fluoridation.
This paper outlines the investigation into the cause and effect of lower Waikato River levels, with a focus on resilience for the water treatment plant and the decision to construct and deploy a floating pumping platform capable of maintaining water supply to the city during periods of low river levels.
This paper will address a range of typical problems that are common when undertaking inflow and infiltration assessments and will demonstrate that undertaking these assessments is not easy and the consequential risks are significant.