Drinking Water Protection Conference

Drinking Water Protection from the source to the last flowing tap


Water New Zealand's Backflow Group is proud to bring you the 2023 Drinking Water Protection Conference

"Drinking Water Protection - from the source to the last flowing tap"


This year the Backflow Group Committee is looking for abstracts to fill their programme. The call is open from 1st March until 30th April 2023. Please click on the Abstract button above for the form and tips and how to write a good abstract.

Why Present?

  • Profile your research, project or initiative
  • Expand your network connections with other water professionals and exhibiting companies
  • Develop and share your professional experience

Conference Themes:

  • Good Design Means Good Management examples below
    • Designing a fully functional potable system to protect both sides of the point of supply
    • Good design - risk mitigation, hydraulic design, future proofing
    • Education gaps for good design and how to fill them
    • Who should design, who should approve
    • Consistent design across the point of supply
    • Device selection when materials standards change
  • What Happens When It All Goes Wrong examples below
    • Ramifications of an incident - legal, environmental, health
    • Accountability through the chain, from IQP to Government agency
    • Who should be involved in a contamination investigation
    • Managing shared aquifers and differing legislative requirements
  • Competency Is Key examples below
    • IQP Register - centralising vs managing many varied requirements
    • Qualification requirements of testers/installers on each side of the boundary
    • Qualifications/education for cross-connection surveyors
  • Change Brings Uncertainty examples below
    • Managing changes to best drive compliance
    • Small Water Supplies - how to change, comply, afford
    • Political pushback from large or national organisations
  • Rural Water Supplies examples below
    • Compliance with NZ Drinking Water Standards
    • Compliance with NZ Building Code
    • Affording compliance
    • Administration / management
  • Wildcard
    • Have a great topic but it doesn't fit any of the categories above? Use this one to bring our attendees and committee food for thought or wow us with something out of left field!

Go to the abstract button above to download template and information. Abstracts are to be submitted to Katrina Guy by the closing date.

Click here to refer to the Presentation Guide


  • Call for abstracts open 1st March
  • Call for abstracts close 30th April
  • Abstracts reviewed 1st May to 19th May
  • Authors notified 19th May
  • Draft programme released 22nd May
  • Early bird pricing closes 1st July


Earlybird pricing until 1st July

The two-day event is $600+GST for Water New Zealand members, and $850+GST for non-members. Members will need to be logged in to access the member rate. Registration includes Welcome Function and Conference Dinner.

If you can only attend for one day $400 + GST for Water New Zealand members and $450 + GST for non-members. For day registration, you will need to contact Katrina Guy. These rates will include conference catering but not the Conference Dinner.

If you would like to book an Exhibition stand and are a member with Water New Zealand, please follow this link Exhibition Information

If you are interested in a Sponsorship package or have any questions about this event please contact Katrina Guy

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      15 Mar 2023
      • 01/08/2023 - 02/08/2023
      • 08:30 - 17:00
      • The Parnell Hotel & Conference Centre
        10/20 Gladstone Road Parnell
      • $690.00Members $977.50Non Members
      • Register
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