Water New Zealand answers key questions about how COVID-19 affects your water supply.
Water New Zealand has collated answers to key questions about the effects of COVID-19 on your water supply. Read more here.
Visit covid19.govt.nz for more information relating to COVID-19.
13 August 2020
In light of the situation around the community spread of COVID-19, MBIE has reinstated the all-of-government Covid-19 response group that was in action earlier this year. DIA is chairing the local government response and Water New Zealand is assisting with ensuring strong and close connection to the water sector.
Please feel free to contact Noel Roberts if there is a three waters COVID-19 issue that needs to be escalated.
12 June 2020
19 May 2020
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The update contains guidance for the following questions:
• Is the virus that causes COVID-19 found in feces (stool)?
• Can the virus that causes COVID-19 spread through sewerage systems?
• Should wastewater workers take extra precautions to protect themselves from the virus that causes COVID-19?
14 May 2020
WSMG Webinar documents
View the agenda here.
View the PowerPoint presentation here.
Find a copy of Masks suppliers here.
The Journal of Hospital Infection has published an analysis of coronavirus incubation times and the effectiveness of surface disinfection procedures.
23 April 2020
WSMG Webinar documents
The focus of this guidance is to reduce Legionella growth and other pathogen and corrosion concerns that occur when there is a large drop in building water use. The guidance focuses on potable water systems inside larger buildings with complex plumbing and the information is general in nature. Each building is different and will require different actions based on its plumbing systems, use patterns, and source of water supply.
Water New Zealand is welcoming the Ministry for the Environment's new campaign encouraging New Zealanders to bin wet wipes – rather than flushing them down the toilet.
The Ministry has launched the campaign as part of the Government’s overall effort to address the impacts of COVID-19.
21 April 2020
CHASNZ and The New Zealand Construction Industry Council (NZCIC) have teamed up to provide you with a document on how to safely put on and take off your PPE equipment on site. Make sure you’re following Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements by following these steps. This poster can be printed for use at your place of business.
17 April 2020
These protocols and attachments are to be read in conjunction with the COVID-19 – Standard for New Zealand Construction Operations and reflect how the requirements in the standard may be achieved. Individual businesses and operations may need to adapt the protocols to their specific circumstances but the overall intent of the standard should still be applied in all cases. These protocols are expected to develop and evolve as requirements change from government and industry experience and are to be treated as working documents.
As Covid 19 Alert levels drop, it is important to ensure the safety of your building water systems before occupancy resumes.
16 April 2020
All work areas below should only be progressed if they can be completed safely in the COVID-19 environment and appropriate safe operating protocols are in place
14 April 2020
Information is key. Here IWA provide links to some of the leading and most respected sources to help support understanding and discussion at this crucial time.
The Public Health Agency of Canada has published an infographic on the best practice for washing your hands to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
The infographic includes two very important steps: Dry hands well with a paper towel as germs spread more easily from wet skin than from dry and to turn off the tap using a paper towel to reduce the spreading of the virus.
9 April 2020
Water Services Updates & Issues Webinar documents - 9 April 2020:
- Proposed changes if alert level 4 is reduced to level 3
- Water PPE requirements spreadsheet (councils that are serviced by the contractors have been removed, but if you do have additional needs can you add yourselves back in and let Philippa.Bowron@martinjenkins.co.nz know).
- WSMG members can log into the WSMG members forum here.
7 April 2020
Duration: 1 hour
- Prof Rosina Girones (Dean of the facility of Biology at the University of Barcelona)
- Prof Gertjan Medema (Principal Microbiologist at the Watercycle Research Institute, Netherlands)
The conclusions from the presentations are provided here.
6 April 2020
Water New Zealand has prepared a social media infographic emphasising the importance keeping our emergency workers are safe by keeping pipes free from wipes. Only flush the 3p's: poo, pee and toilet paper, everything else, including paper towels, and tissues must go in the bin.
3 April 2020
MOH now have a portal for non-health essential services to request PPE from the national reserve supply. Note at this stage it is only face masks available through this channel. The portal is available here.
Water Services Association of Australia and Dr Dan Deere have produced this guidance material for keeping essential workers safe in the workplace.
As the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, questions about the virus’s potential transmission and/or persistence in drinking water and wastewater are being asked.
2 April 2020
Water Services Updates & Issues Presentations
- Wellington Water COVID-19 Response Plan - staying ahead of the curve
- Watercare Services Limited - COVID-19 Approach
- Kapiti Coast District Council - Business Continuity Planning Approach
31 March 2020
The Water Environment Federation has created an infographic on "How to stay COVID free at a Waste Resource Recovery Facility (WRRF)" also known as a Wastewater Treatment Plant.
27 March 2020
Ministry of Health has provided guidance on cleaning rooms/facilities following suspected, probably, or confirmed case of COVID-19, as well as guidance on face masks and hygiene and how to use PPE if required.
Plea to stop flushing wipes - COVID-19 has led to a big spike in wipes flushing. This risks overwhelming wastewater emergency operators and could mean widespread toilet blockages around the country.
To support water and sanitation practitioners and providers, as well as health-care professionals, the World Health Organisation has recently published a technical brief, “Water, sanitation, hygiene and waste management for COVID-19".
Advice from Police in terms of identification for workers delivering essential services is there is not 'official' or standard identification card. Police will take a reasonable approach and endeavor to confirm the role of anyone spoken to.