Water Journal Articles

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Microplastics in wastewater

Helena Ruffell is a PhD student at the University of Canterbury, investigating whether microplastics affect productive soil systems. This research follows on from her MSc which investigated if wastewater treatment plants are a significant source of microplastics to the environment. At the Water New Zealand Conference and Expo she presented the paper, ‘Microplastics in wastewater in New Zealand: current data and knowledge gaps’, written with Professor Sally Gaw, University of Canterbury; Dr Olga Pantos, Institute of Environmental Science and Research; Dr Grant Northcott, Northcott Research Consultants. Here is the abstract of their paper.

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The problem with microplastics

Beca associate environmental engineer – water, Bridget Rule, presented a paper on the problem on microplastics in the New Zealand water environment, asking should we be worried and what can we do? This is a summary of the paper written by Bridget and Garry Macdonald, business development director – water market segment at Beca.

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Building trusting relationships

This article first appeared in the March/April edition of Water

As the Government’s Three Waters Reform programme gathers pace, the Three Waters National Transition Unit’s interim director Marlon Bridge writes that his team is focussed on active engagement with the sector and building the relationships and trust that will underpin success.

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Preparing and responding to drinking water incidents and emergencies

This article was first published in the March/April edition of Water

Matt Carey, lead advisor response management at Taumata Arowai talks about establishing an incident and emergency management function at the new water services regulator. He explains who does what in the case of an emergency and emphasises the importance of being prepared.

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Transforming our water system, for everyone

Aurecon has identified a set of guiding principles which would underpin a successful Three Waters reform system change.

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The evolving evidence base of water service delivery

Lessons and reflections from the 2020/21 National Performance Review, by Lesley Smith, insights and sustainability advisor, Water New Zealand

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Solving sewer network issues with smart sensors

Two Auckland university researchers have joined with international partners to develop a revolutionary biodegradable sensor for detecting blocked sewage pipes, using a similar technique to how we might find missing car keys.

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Compelling case for change

Following four years of research, policy work, and engagement with Local Government, Māori, and the water industry, the Government is pushing ahead with its Three Waters Reforms. Much of the transformational work lies ahead, as Three Waters Reform programme executive director Allan Prangnell explained in the latest edition of Water New Zealand's publication Water.

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Navigating to net zero

The water sector’s journey to support global greenhouse gas emissions reductions. By Water New Zealand insights and sustainability advisor Lesley Smith.

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Kaitiaki

Shannon Te Huia has been named as the Kiwibank Local Hero of the Year for his environmental work. He says he’s simply caring for the river he played in as a youngster so today’s kids can enjoy it too. By Mary Searle Bell.

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RMA system reform has critical implications for three waters

By environment, planning and resource management lawyers Simon Pilkinton, partner, and Kristen Gunnell, senior associate, at Russell McVeagh.

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Rainwater tanks: Opportunities, implementation, challenges, and a way forward

Water New Zealand Insights and Sustainability Advisor Lesley Smith, spoke to a range of experts and members of the Water Efficiency Group about the benefits and barriers of using rainwater tanks as a water network resilience measure.

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Industry first for stormwater management

Space constraints have led to the use of concentrated rain gardens that will retain and treat stormwater in a massive state housing development in central Auckland.

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Māori Language Week 2021 – Ngā momo Kaimahi Whakapai Wai

Waiora Aotearoa (Water New Zealand) is proud to once again tautoko (to support) Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week), 13-19 Mahuru (September) 2021. We’ve produced a poster to encourage you to learn your te Reo Māori job title in support of Māori Language Week 2021.

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New rules to manage the backflow risks in drinking water

The new water services regulator, Taumata Arowai, is about to introduce new operational compliance rules aimed at reducing the risk of backflow contamination to drinking water. Drinking water principal advisor Jim Graham consulted with water suppliers around the country before preparing the rules which he presented at the Water New Zealand Backflow Conference.

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Reform to transform

The Government will soon announce the next stages of its service delivery reforms, and should it choose to pursue the proposals worked up so far, the water industry will enter a period of substantial transition and transformation, according to the Three Waters Reform programme.

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Taumata Arowai Māori advisory group

By Katy Te Amo, head of strategy and insights, Taumata Arowai.