Almost one-third of Manawatu¯ ’s drinking water supply needs immediate work to fix potential risks to public health, an independent report has found.
Recent research has found that many so-called biodegradable plastics are not breaking down and have been found in marine environments.
About 700 homeowners nationally will get Government and council buyout offers after suffering damage in cyclones earlier this year.
Water New Zealand Board member, Troy Brockbank discusses issues raised at the Water New Zealand Stormwater Conference 2023, including the need for Te Mana o te Wai, nature-based solutions and the need for better planning to live with water.
New report on water infrastructure failures from Cyclone Gabrielle show low resilience to climate change.
A dour mood hung above this year's Stormwater New Zealand Conference, as attendees reflected on months of flooding and severe weather.
"I need to apologise in advance for any recent trauma that this presentation might trigger," Auckland Council's Nick Brown said before playing a montage of the flood's most destructive moments.
Chlorine is very good at killing bugs that can kill us - listen to Water New Zealand CEO Gillian Blythe explain why it's so important to have multiple barriers against drinking water contamination, including residual disinfectant, right to the tap.
New Zealand needs to prepare for the reality that weather events such as Cyclone Gabrielle and the Auckland Anniversary floods will continue to happen "more and more", the finance minister says.
An updated draft of the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council’s (HBRC) Regional Water Assessment (RWA) says it needs to “pull every lever” to reduce demand for water.
Stormwater catchpits, drains and pipes across Auckland during Tuesday’s heavy rain and subsequent flooding were at capacity, the council has said.
A large contracting company has been found guilty over the appalling state of Clutha’s wastewater treatment plants.
Judge Brian Dwyer found City Care Ltd guilty in the Dunedin District Court on six charges related to discharges or permitting of discharges of contaminants from wastewater treatment plants at Stirling, Owaka, Kaka Point, Tapanui and Lawrence in late 2019.
A legal opinion, obtained by two councils, backs up claims that Environment Canterbury has incorrectly interpreted a court decision that is causing delays to millions of dollars worth of projects.
Auckland Mayor Wayne Brown has indicated homes damaged by the wild weather in two devastating storms earlier this year won't be compensated.
Auckland has been hit hard by wild weather this year. The region was devastated by the Auckland Anniversary floods on January 27 and again just two weeks later by Cyclone Gabrielle.
Planners are working on a national approach for improving how cities and towns manage stormwater runoff to minimise flood damage.
Stormwater was incredibly damaging in the Auckland anniversary day floods and Cyclone Gabrielle in February.
Mangere, South Auckland, has become the home of New Zealand's first-ever wastewater recycling plant that produces water for both industrial and eventually drinking water use.
After the devastating impact of land loss, there is an understandable reluctance among some Māori to give up the land they have left. But the changing climate will eventually inflict more pain on the most flood-prone places.
A drop in the amount of water used at peak times in Christchurch could mean less new infrastructure is needed if the practice continues – potentially saving ratepayers millions of dollars.
A sizeable chunk of state housing is on flood prone land, and Kāinga Ora continues to put new builds on land it knows will flood in the future.
Currently, more than 15 percent of the state housing portfolio was on flood prone land.
Too many wipes are getting stuck in pipes and causing multi-million dollar problems for councils. Watch Water NZ CEO Gillian Blythe talk about why people should never flush wipes.
Freshwater ecologist, Mike Joy says two statistical methods used in a freshwater report are flawed. But as Newsroom's David Williams reports, a lack of robust data and information has been hampering understanding of the true state of the environment for many years.
More than 15,000 Christchurch residents have now been stung with a bill for using too much water this summer.
The average bill is $84, but one Woolston property has managed to rack up $2884 worth of excess water charges.
It will be at least another three months before Napier’s sewage is properly treated before entering the sea.
The estimated cost of Watercare’s rebuild after Cyclone Gabrielle and Auckland Anniversary flooding could now hit $460m.
Two water-first decisions, 1000km apart, suggest the country is turning a conservation corner.
The latest state-of-our-waters report shows why we really need Three Waters reform. It's partly because there are still some pretty grim numbers, but also because there are welcome signs the reforms we already have are starting to make a difference.
New Zealand’s largest water services provider, Watercare has started rolling out smart loggers on water meters for commercial premises in Auckland to better manage water usage across the city, save on manual reads and improve billing accuracy for commercial premises.
Water New Zealand chief executive Gillian Blythe says this summer’s flooding events have provided a clear indication that we need to change the way we live with water and that we need more consistency and national leadership.
Frustration is mounting among Wellington's mayors and residents at the region's decaying water infrastructure.
Martinborough’s wastewater treatment plant remains non-compliant with resource consent conditions, a Wellington Water report reveals.
A climate risk expert from the Wellington Regional Council, says the council consent staff are coming under pressure to give the go-ahead to developments in flood risk areas.
Thousands of birds have died from avian botulism in Whangamarino wetlands due to poor water quality caused by dairy intensification and industrial runoff.
Wellington Water’s new chief executive, Tonia Haskell, has Three Waters reform on her mind.
After 26 days of boiled, bottled, or tank-truck-provided water, residents in Ōtāne and Waipawa can safely drink from their taps, following the removal of a boil water notice on Saturday.
A leak in Roseneath is sending thousands of litres of water down the drain, according to one local resident’s estimates.
New high-resolution, satellite imagery providing a birds-eye view of Cyclone Gabrielle’s impact on the North Island’s east coast is now available online as part of the emergency response.
To stay or go - property owners in regions hardest hit by Cyclone Gabrielle want answers.
The Government suggested it was urgent to get them those answers - and to have the conversations about not going back, about not rebuilding, “over the next few weeks”.
New Zealand’s water regulator has received 14 exemption applications over new drinking water standards, including one in Wellington relating to chlorine.
The Clutha region now knows half of the story about the future of its rural water scheme.
The Government has spent years working on plans for managed retreat, and says it will have answers for the areas that were worst affected by Gabrielle in about a month.
For decades, we’ve tried to fight against nature – draining swamps, building on floodplains and constructing walls to keep water at bay.
Whole regions have had their Covid-19 wastewater testing affected by Cyclone Gabrielle and further severe weather, causing “gaps in the data”.
Water New Zealand says innovative engineering solutions will be key to ensuring long term sustainable management of our water environment.
Water leaks in Christchurch are continuing to grow as 38 million litres a day is lost from the city’s pipes – that’s about 15 Olympic-sized swimming pools worth of water.
Water New Zealand says there is a need for better alignment between the current water reform legislation and long term planning for water infrastructure services resilience.
Chief executive Gillian Blythe says the recent storm and flooding events indicate the urgent need for a consistent national approach to stormwater hazard modelling, smarter land use and design standards.
Water New Zealand chief executive, Gillian Blythe says the urgent need to address the infrastructure deficit is one of the key issues facing three waters services in Aotearoa. In response to National's policy release, she says in order for that to be affordable, there will be a need for economies of scale and and scope.
Aotearoa will cope more efficiently with torrential weather such as record rainfall if it embraces technology faster, the NZ IoT Alliance executive director Alison Mackie says.
The Auckland Regional Public Health Service is warning health providers of a potential outbreak of leptospirosis, which could be linked to recent extreme weather events.
Three councils who sought to have their property rights declared by a court over the Three Waters reforms have had their bid rejected by the High Court.
Two extreme and deadly weather events within the first two months of 2023 have brought the consequences of climate change into sharp focus. Perhaps not surprisingly, there is now a lot more talk about the need for “sponge cities”, with Auckland being a prime candidate.
"Not every land information report [LIM] has information about floods and climate change hazard," says Water New Zealand chief executive, Gillian Blythe.
"All householders and businesses want to understand that hazard information. It must be reported in a nationally consistent and transparent way."
Auckland University geologist, Associate Professor Martin Brook says if there If there is any good to come out of the storms this year it is that it will encourage local and central government planners to ensure building consent means well-informed consent.
Gisborne Mayor Rehette Stolz has provided an update on the city's crisis, saying "it will take months to fix our water pipes" following Cyclone Gabrielle.
Bemused by the political furore, nay fury, Newsroom's Nikki Mandow went hunting for examples of shared governance in action.
“If you want to break down Three Waters, it’s pretty simple. We want to be able to drink the water, we want to make sure the storm water is going out, and so on. And like what we are doing with Kotahitanga mō te Taiao Alliance, it’s about thinking big, not getting into silos – this little council, this little iwi, says Alliance co-chair David Johnston.
At least two people have now died and a volunteer firefighter remains missing as new aerial images reveal Cyclone Gabrielle’s deadly coast-to-coast path of destruction in the North Island, from Muriwai to Hawke’s Bay.
A delegation of Whanganui River Māori is travelling to the United States to support North American Indigenous leaders and tribes of the under-threat Colorado River.
As the waters recede through choked and overloaded stormwater infrastructure, debates have opened up over the city’s future pattern of development.
Water New Zealand CEO Gillian Blythe says it's vital that the focus remains firmly on the need to invest in water infrastructure. PM Chris Hipkins has said that the need for reform is unquestionable but that careful consideration is required.
Gillian told NewstalkZB's Kate Hawkesby that the longer we delay investment, the harder it will get and the more complex it will be.
The Grey District Council has been assured the proximity of a dump taking asbestos and toxic material to the Greymouth water treatment plant poses little risk.
Lawmakers are being urged to bridge the legal and scientific divide over braided rivers. David Williams reports
Recently retired water engineer Jan Hejis says bad planning is the root cause of recent flooding and we need clear direction, changes in legislation and guidance to avoid further catastrophes.
Auckland's floods may have been historic but flooding on a similar scale will strike again soon. What can Aotearoa's largest city do to prepare? Read this RNZ article where four experts share their big ideas.
Before Auckland flooded badly on Friday evening University of Auckland Urban Planning Senior Lecturer Timothy Welch wrote about the idea of 'spongy cities' to cope with increased climate change rainfall.
Aucklanders are being urged to stay away from closed beaches and avoid contaminated floodwaters, as a second deluge threatens to again swamp Auckland’s hard-hit storm and wastewater network.
Chief executives to lead the new Water Services Entities have been confirmed.
Australia puts 80% of its nutrient-rich 'biosolids' back onto farm land as fertiliser. In New Zealand it's just 20%.
Water New Zealand says a WorkSafe order that lead to the Gore District Council erecting deer fencing around its wastewater ponds could set a standard that other councils need to take note of.
Water New Zealand chief executive Gillian Blythe speaks with Brent Edwards.
There's concern that boil water notices are being wrongly used by some water suppliers as long term solutions to water quality issues, with one town having a boil water notice in place for 28 years. Water New Zealand chief executive Gillian Blythe says smaller providers can often struggle have the finance, skills and knowledge to fix issues.
Engineers at the University of Auckland are designing way to clean phosphorus from waste water and turn it into fertiliser - a process with both environmental and financial benefits
As the sun comes back out across the country, "unsuitable for swimming" signs are also going out at many popular beaches. The wild weather and heavy bouts of rain have forced wastewater treatment plants to overflow - contaminating waterways and popular swimming spots.
The Grey District water network is under significant pressure from the long spell of hot dry weather and increased demand.
Most Wellington beaches were off-limits for swimmers on Thursday after a sewage treatment plant was forced to release wastewater due to heavy rainfall the night before.
Chlorine will not be removed from a large chunk of Christchurch’s water for at least five years, according to a new report.
Work has started on a $60 million upgrade of the Rotorua Wastewater Treatment Plant.
An upcoming Surface Water and Ocean Topography mission will provide a trove of data on Earth’s water resources, even in remote locations.
A former council executive who arranged for a $7 million sewage plant contract to be awarded to a cake decorator has been found guilty of corruption.
How are land managers motivated to record and report their land management actions? A new paper from the Register of Land Management Actions project identifies collective engagement, efficient farm management and social norms as key drivers.
Temporary chlorination will continue throughout most of Selwyn – including in Rolleston, Lincoln and Darfield – after a bid to halt it failed.
Dozens of beaches across Auckland are currently unsafe to swim in following bouts of heavy rainfall over the past few days.
About 40% of Wellington’s water supply – roughly the equivalent of 27 Olympic sized swimming pools – is being wasted each day because of 5000-plus leaks from the capital region’s pipes, according to new estimates from Wellington Water.
World-leading work that has brought climate resilience to this Norwegian city where nature-based solutions have created a biodiverse and good for well-being environment, with water central to its city planning.
In the US, the EPA is proposing to close a prior “loophole” that allowed some companies to get out of reporting their releases of certain kinds of toxic chemicals.
Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta says the two new bills introduced to Parliament following the passage of the Water Services Entities Act will help ensure affordable drinking water, wastewater and stormwater can be provided to New Zealanders now and into the future.
All of Wellington’s above ground drinking water reservoirs have been assessed as vulnerable to contamination.
A new report by the National Infrastructure Commission has found that, without action to reduce urban runoff and improve drainage, 600,000 properties in the UK face flooding.
The Department of Conservation (DOC) Community Fund is now open for community conservation groups undertaking critical, grassroots work to support Aotearoa’s biodiversity strategy.
A public education campaign to reduce pipe blockages caused by wipes during the first few months of Covid has picked up an award at the NSW Sustainability Awards.
Its first steps may have been hesitant – thanks to a funding slump following the 2008 financial crisis – but hydrogen is now back and looking like a winner for renewable, clean energy. And its success may lie in a dirty source.
The Smart Water partnership between Hamilton City Council, Waipā District Council and Waitomo District Council aims to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of water, from the source to tap, and support schools, organisations and the community to value water and use it in an efficient way.
A new analysis of national groundwater data has shown concerning trends in areas with intensive farming, where detections of harmful E. coli bacteria have been rising.
Chlorine will be added to the Selwyn district's major water supplies until at least December 14 after councillors were divided on whether to immediately remove it.
The Leader of the House, Chris Hipkins has confirmed that the Water Services Entities Bill will pass before Christmas
More than 110 scientists and regulators worldwide are raising a public alarm over what they label “weak” PFAS drinking water limits proposed by the World Health Organization.
Water treatment specialist company, FILTEC, have partnered with Crown Infrastructure Partners to deliver safe, clean drinking water units to 120 rural communities across Aotearoa New Zealand over the next few years
A decision on fluoridating Christchurch’s water has been delayed until at least April despite calls for urgency in the face of concerns at childhood tooth decay.
Watercare's micro-Tunnel Boring Machine (m-TBM) called Domenica has today (16 November) broken through to Miranda Reserve, Avondale after travelling 1212m from Dundale Ave, Blockhouse Bay as she builds the first of two branch sewers for our Central Interceptor.
NZ’s largest hydro power station wrestles with a nationally significant river – and the Environment Court. David Williams reports
The Finance and Expenditure Select Committee this afternoon reported back on the Water Services Entities Bill. See the Minister’s media release and the Select Committee report.
Allan Prangnell has been named as the next Chief Executive of Taumata Arowai. Allan Prangnell will replace Bill Bayfield who has taken the organisation through its establishment phase since mid-2019 and will step down from the role in January.
Watercare will investigate whether recycled water is a viable option for Auckland’s drinking water supply.
"It costs a lot of money to make sure the water you drink is safe and it costs a lot of money to ensure that when you flush the toilet or empty the water in the sink … that waste is being managed in a way that is appropriate,” says Water New Zealand CEO Gillian Blythe.
Watercare has shut down an Auckland treatment plant after finding PFAs contamination above drinking water threshold levels.
It has only just spent $2 million upgrading the Onehunga plant.
Associate Minister of Local Government Kieran McAnulty was in Eketāhuna today to announce the Government is accepting applications for a programme to support rural drinking water suppliers meet Taumata Arowai water standards.
A government report has for the first time identified dozens of communities at serious risk of flooding and totally unprepared for it.
Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta was at Rongopai Marae and Patutahi School near Gisborne on Friday to announce a programme aimed at helping to upgrade community water systems in high deprivation areas.
Speaking on TVNZ Breakfast this morning, Water New Zealand Chief Executive Gillian Blythe sid it's important we get our water systems right to ensure New Zealanders have access to drinking water that is up to standard.
A Newshub report has claimed that every single council in New Zealand that fluoridates its drinking water is failing to do so at the proper level.
Thank you to everyone who joined us in Ōtautahi Christchurch and helped make our major conference this year such a big success!
A team from ESR has published a review of the 2021 public health response to the discovery of lead in drinking water in several small communities in North Otago.
The review was presented in a paper at the Water New Zealand Conference and Expo last week, ahead of International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (23-29 October).
In her keynote address this week to the Water New Zealand Conference & Expo 2022, Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta told the delegates that now is the time to be aspirational about what our three waters system across Aotearoa will look like as we move into the future.
Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta has pledged to offer the Three Waters sector some certainty, acknowledging staff needed clarity and job security.
Delegates to this week's Water New Zealand Conference broadly agree that reform in the sector has been a long time coming.
The Local Government Minister is pushing to find common ground with new Auckland mayor Wayne Brown over the controversial three waters policy.
Three waters reform and the need for resilience in the face of climate change are among the key topics under the spotlight at the Water New Zealand Conference and Expo 2022 which gets underway tomorrow at Te Pae in Ōtautahi Christchurch.
Ocean acidification, rising sea levels and an increase in sea surface temperatures are part of the "sobering" picture of the current state and future prospects of Aotearoa New Zealand’s marine environment detailed in a new government report.
Newsroom's Nikki Mandow reports on how local government election hopefuls are largely ignorant or reluctant around the controversial topic of climate change-induced managed retreat
Stats NZ has published latest trends for coastal and estuarine water quality. It looked at 15 measures indicating ecosystem health, suitability for recreation, and suitability for shellfish/aquaculture.
A new Code of Practice has been developed to help exterior cleaners meet best practice in water management, environmental and health and safety standards.
The CoP also covers new & existing property maintenance requirements, work completion standards and best practice retrofit recommendations.
Private water supplies could come under greater scrutiny, amid concerns about nitrates in drinking water.
Projected costs for a plan to future-proof Timaru's drinking water supply against the growing effects of climate change could increase to as much as $30 million.
Taumata Arowai is consulting on the next phase of drinking water measures as well as the first set of wastewater measures.
The likelihood of future earthquake shaking hazard is estimated to have increased throughout most of the country, ranging from almost no change to more than doubling in some areas
The model, led by GNS Science, is used to estimate risk and help make risk-based decisions.
A Whanganui iwi leader says a plan to extract and sell 750,000 litres a week of groundwater from a bore near the Whanganui River is stealing and confiscation.
UN Climate Change High-Level Champions launched Adaptation and Resilience Breakthroughs, which define 11 common goals to make 4 billion climate vulnerable people more resilient to climate hazards by 2030.
A citizens’ assembly tasked with deciding what should be Tāmaki Makaurau’s next future water source has determined direct recycled water would be the best solution to meet the city’s water needs beyond 2040.
Environmental managers from eight Te Tauihu iwi, in co-design with three unitary councils and supported by Our Land and Water, have built a partnership to respond to Te Mana o Te Wai in Te Tauihu.
The health of monitored freshwater sites across New Zealand and how it is changing over time has been revealed by the Land, Air, Water Aotearoa (LAWA) project today.
"I still sadly am of the view that a number of ratepayers do not really know what they're paying for their poor water service delivery," - Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta
Beneath our feet is a hidden network of streams. Most have no better than a C grade for water quality.
A diverse group of Aucklanders tasked with making recommendations around a new water source for the city has presented its findings, suggesting treating wastewater.
Tests performed for thousands of Chicago residents found lead, a neurotoxin, in amounts far exceeding the federal standards.
The new sludge treatment system at the Christchurch wastewater treatment plant is significantly improving the biological health of the oxidation ponds, reducing the odours and seeing waterfowl return.
The Department of Internal Affairs, on behalf of the Minister of Local Government, is calling for expressions of interest for appointments to the four Water Services Entity establishment boards.
Three Waters is the largest local government reform in decades. But in many minds, the rollout has been muddled and mired in controversy.
For many companies, forest carbon offsets have become a way to compensate the environment for the use of its resources.
The Government has tabled its response to Te Waihanga/New Zealand Infrastructure Commission’s first infrastructure strategy.
Published in June, Rautaki Hanganga o Aotearoa – New Zealand Infrastructure Strategy 2022–2052 set out the infrastructure challenges and opportunities facing New Zealand over the next 30 years.
Waimate District Council says it has “committed” to building a denitrification plant, but numbers crunched for other Canterbury councils suggest an expensive and complicated venture.
A warning is in place for the township of Pareora after recent testing of raw water showed high nitrates, with both nitrate-nitrogen and nitrate, exceeding maximum acceptable values
Financial institutions must act now to boost water security and to protect themselves from the risks created by the water crisis.
Ongoing contamination by a faecal bug has left just a fifth of Taranaki rivers clean enough to swim in, according to a new assessment for Taranaki Regional Council.
Porirua City Council is moving forward with its flood retreat policy, but how it will be financed is still uncertain.
Selwyn residents on private wells turned out in high numbers at a water testing day - with some found to have dangerously high levels of nitrates.
Ngāi Tahu, the iwi whose takiwā takes in most of the South Island, made a spirited defence of co-governance on Three Waters reforms, pointing out that Māori assets have historically been seized by governments - including for use as council water infrastructure.
Taumata Arowai chief executive Bill Bayfield has announced his resignation from the new regulatory authority. His last day will be 27 January.
An environmental engineer who helped move an entire Australian town to higher ground after catastrophic flooding says if people are at risk of repeat weather events - then relocation should be on the table.
A district council is installing dozens of isolation valves across a water network to help solve the mystery of massive water losses.
Sediment and E. coli are the two greatest threats to freshwater health throughout Northland as the deadline for implementing national policy directives to stop further degradation looms.
Nelson has access to less than half its usual water supply, but there is enough safe drinking water if people stick to “normal usage”, the council says.
In this opinion piece Mark Odlin, a partner at law firm Buddle Finlay and a specialist in corporate and commercial law with expertise in giving advice in a local government and freshwater context, argues there are critical matters that remain outstanding in the Three Waters reform.
A structural and telemetric upgrade of two pump stations in Paeroa is the first of Waikato Regional Council’s Shovel Ready infrastructure projects to be completed.
A temporary health warning has been put in place after sewage overspill flowed into the Mangakakahi Stream on Saturday.
It's prompted a reminder from the Rotorua Lakes Council not to put wet wipes, fat and rags down sinks drains and toilets.
New Plymouth has begun an $18 million project to roll out water meters to 26,000 homes in the district.
Westport residents have had their first opportunity to question experts about a potentially ground-breaking business case to ease severe flooding in the town over the next hundred years.
Natural hazard experts are recommending a part of Whanganui be abandoned due to the ever-increasing risk of flooding, but exactly how landowners could be compensated is up in the air.
Emergency drinking water supplies have been delivered to parts of the Waimate District as measured nitrate levels have risen past the Drinking Water Standards Maximum Acceptable Value (MAV).
Consents for a controversial Hawke’s Bay dam are set to be extended without public input, angering environmentalists.
The Auditor General has raised some concerns over the accountability arrangements and the integration of infrastructural planning in the proposed three waters entities legislation.
Last weekend, Wastebusters celebrated the end of Plastic Free July with sold-out movie screenings of For the Blue.
The work to remove fire-damaged waste material and concrete from Christchurch's burnt out wastewater treatment plant will be finished a month earlier than expected.
Chris Dillon has no worries drinking his whiskey with a splash of water from the Mataura River.
For the first time Aotearoa New Zealand has a long-term strategy to deal with the effects of climate change, but the government plan leaves several key questions unanswered.
A report in Stuff says that the Wellington region is fast running out of water and “severe” water restrictions are “probable” over summer, Wellington Water has warned local councils in a stark report.
New research shows that rainwater in most locations on Earth contains levels of chemicals that "greatly exceed" safety levels.
The quality of Christchurch’s Ōpāwaho/Heathcote and Huritini-Halswell rivers remain poor and more needs to be done to start seeing improvements, the city council’s chief waterways ecologist says.
Tauranga City Council is giving away water-efficient showerheads in hopes of cutting shower times in half.
Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield has made directions under the Health Act to 14 local authorities to add fluoride to some or all of their water supplies. It is the first time this power has been used since the relevant legislation was amended last year to ensure a national approach to fluoridating water.
Taumata Arowai have published new Drinking Water Quality Assurance Rules, which set out what drinking water suppliers need to do to comply with key parts of the Drinking Water Standards and other requirements under the Water Services Act 2021.
The new Rules come into effect on 14 November 2022.
As the deadline for submissions on the Water Services Entities Bill comes to a close today, a group of eminent public health professionals have published a joint blog in support of the Three Waters reforms, saying they are are needed to protect public health and ensure changes are economically sustainable and efficient.
Why did the Court of Appeal quash consents for water bottling? Newsroom's environment editor, South Island correspondent and investigative writer, David Williams delves into the decision.
Every Council in New Zealand will receive at least $350,000 of additional funding to ensure they have the resourcing necessary to implement the Three Waters reforms, Associate Minister of Local Government Kieran McAnulty announced today.
Fresh from meeting with international reinsurers, Tower CEO Blair Turnbull says they are "questioning whether they want to be down under."
Christchurch will hear the Government’s intentions on fluoridating the city’s water supply by the end of the year.
Threats to the drinking water supplies of Kiribati from a prolonged drought are being targeted with a joint assistance package from Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia.
A tenant has been ordered to pay a series of costs after wet wipes clogged a water pump at her rental.
Wellington Water has accepted all of the recommendations from the independent inquiry into why fluoride facilities were turned off at two plants.
The new Dunedin Hospital could be built up to 2m above street level to account for flood threats, including storm surge and sea level rise.
Scientists seeking to determine whether nitrates in drinking water have an impact on unborn babies have received $1.2 million to undertake a study of 700,000 births in New Zealand.
New Zealanders are amongst the highest generators of plastic
waste in the world and on top of this there is now concern about the level of
microplastics in our water.
The chief executive of the Water Industry Commission for Scotland, Alan Sutherland joined a panel discussion chaired by Water New Zealand chief executive Gillian Blythe on the challenges and opportunities of economic regulation for water services in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Dannevirke’s sewers are feeling the strain with residents being warned against flushing non-biodegradeables down their loos.
The Southland Regional Forum is set to deliver its recommendations on ways to drastically improve freshwater in Southland.
New research suggests historic work to narrow the Wairau River could be contributing to declining levels in the recharge aquifer – one of Marlborough’s main water sources.
Rural and provincial councils say a shortage of skilled staff is preventing them from meaningfully contributing to the raft of central government reforms.
Rag monsters and fatbergs are causing chaos for Kaipara District Council and costing ratepayers tens of thousands of dollars to clear up
The chief executive of the Water Industry Commission for Scotland, Alan Sutherland says larger, professional organisations allow for increased skills and capital to attract investment.
New regulations on the maximum acceptable values (MAVs) for the concentration of determinands in drinking water are set to come into force on 14 November 2022.
All drinking water suppliers must ensure that the drinking water they supply complies with the standards which are based in part on the World Health Organization Guidelines.
The drinking water regulator, Taumata Arowa has issued updated aesthetic values for drinking water
These Aesthetic Values replace the guideline values for aesthetic determinands specified in the Drinking-water Standards for New Zealand 2005 (Revised 2018).
The Water Services Entities Bill which paves the way for the establishment of the four new regionally-based water entities passed its First Reading in Parliament yesterday.
Fluoride should be back in Wellington’s drinking water by September, months after fluoridation facilities at the capital’s water treatment plants were turned off.
Auckland Council plan changes will make it easier for households to install rainwater tanks by removing the costly and time-consuming consent process.
The Ministry for the Environment (MfE) has released its exposure drafts of proposed changes to the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2020 (NPS-FM) and the Resource Management (National Environmental Standards for Freshwater) Regulations 2020 (NES-F).
Critical infrastructure projects across the three waters, civil, energy, and telecommunications sectors rare facing a severe staffing shortage and women are part of the answer.
The report from the Rural Supplies Technical Working Group has just been released. The group was set up to look into the concerns over the implications of the reforms on mixed-use rural water supplies.
A shock 80% increase in the cost to address Wellington’s ageing pipes is expected to be echoed around the country as councils take stock of what replacements will cost in reality.
Following the Water New Zealand Conference and Expo in Kirikiriroa Hamilton, Water New Zealand board member Troy Brockbank talked on Radio Waatea about the many opportunities and wide range of roles for iwi, hapu, and whanau in the water sector.
Wellington's Owhiro Bay water activist, Eugene Doyle, was one of the presenters at the Water New Zealand conference in Kirikiriroa Hamilton. He told the audience about the need for councils and utilities to genuinely work with local communities.
Water industry players have been urged to stay closely engaged with the legislative process for enabling the controversial Three Waters reforms, which will set up four big entities to run water services.
A workshop focusing on the establishment of the four new water entities and the new regulatory changes kicks off the Water New Zealand Conference & Expo in Kirikiriroa Hamilton this morning.
Old and private septic tanks seeping into waterways around Urenui and Onaero could be fixed sooner than expected after NPDC agreed to buy 41 hectares of land in the area to build a wastewater treatment plant
Prof Te Maire Tau, co-chair, Te Kura Taka Pini, Ngāi Tahu Freshwater Management, told an audience at the Water New Zealand Stormwater Conference in Ōtautahi Christchurch that Māori communities have been missing out on basic water infrastructure and this has been stymying economic development.
Professor Tau was one of the keynote speakers at the conference.
In the largest example on a council-owned building, Auckland Council has installed a living ‘green roof’ featuring more than 2000 plants on top of the central Auckland Library.
Local Government minister Nanaia Mahuta has taken a moment during a Christchurch speech to “dispel some mistruths” about the controversial three waters reforms she is leading.
Mahuta gave a keynote address and hosted a short Q&A at Water New Zealand’s Stormwater conference in Christchurch on Wednesday.
Famed for its medieval castle and lofty cathedral, Finland's oldest city is winning admirers for a less likely attraction as it strives to be one of the world's first carbon neutral cities by 2029 - a sewage treatment plant.
Over 80% of Auckland’s rivers have high levels of E coli, which could pose widespread human health risks, an expert says.
An annual Auckland Council report, covering the year 2020, tested for E coli, nitrates, metals and rainfall levels.
Residents affected by the Christchurch wastewater plant stench have a chance to air their grievances at a meeting tonight at which the Mayor and some councillors are expected to attend.
The Government has released the latest Standard & Poor's assessment of the proposed new water service entities along with the Cabinet papers related to the representation, governance and accountability arrangements of the new water service entities.
The Water Industry Professionals Association’s (WIPA) management committee has agreed for the WIPA to undertake a brief pause while the Industry as a whole goes through a significant period of change.
The Government's been under pressure to explain what it means by co-governance in the wake of its water and health reforms.
But as former Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Chris Finlayson explains, the concept itself is nothing new.
Māori cultural sites will be among the most vulnerable to climate change and rising sea levels.
Of the almost 800 marae situated across Aotearoa, 80 percent are built on low-lying coastal land or flood-prone rivers. That means many Māori burial sites and plantations or food sources will be at risk.
A beefed-up programme of infrastructure planning was designed to help make the Dunedin City Council a "standout" water entity and boost the city’s chances of attracting post-reform investment.
For more than two years a Bay of Islands property has been flushing faeces into the Waitangi River upstream from the intake for Paihia's town water supply.
Water restrictions imposed on residents are likely just the first of many measures cities will need to take in order to adapt to shrinking water supplies.
UNESCO in cooperation with UN-Water is organising a global summit on groundwater in December to raise awareness and help decisionmakers to manage this complex, invisible an often over-exploited resource.
A new funding request from Wellington Water is the latest in a string of budget increases over the past two months, which total $35 million.
The new request is for an additional $12.6m over the next two years, to fund escalating maintenance problems like pipes bursting.
A new waste treatment plant, which will dramatically reduce volumes of sludge being disposed of at Wellington’s Southern Landfill, is expected to be funded through new ratepayer levies.
Maria Nepia is the wahine who will ensure Māori voices will be seen and heard when the Three Waters reforms are completed and the legislation becomes law.
Greater Wellington Regional Council will introduce a new key performance indicator for drinking water, following revelations fluoride was switched off without anyone knowing.
The 2020/21 drinking water report details compliance by all providers with drinking water standards.
It reveals that just 78% of the population - 3.2 million people - received drinking water that met all Health Ministry standards.
The latest report card on New Zealand’s water has been released, with the Mackenzie district standing out for all the wrong reasons.
Mackenzie’s average daily residential water use is far and away the highest of the 40 councils that provided information to Water New Zealand’s National Performance Review 2020 – 2021.
Water New Zealand chief executive Gillian Blythe said the number of pump stations in Christchurch meant fluoridation would be “more resource-intensive” than elsewhere.
A first, fragile attempt at Māori co-governance is tearing apart, as Ngāi Tahu threatens to walk away from its partnership with three of the South Island's biggest councils.
Forget about putting bigger pipes underground to stop a repeat of the damaging flash flooding that hit Auckland last week.
In most cases, it wouldn’t have made a difference, says flood expert Jon Rix, the head of the water engineering team at environmental and engineering consultancy Tonkin + Taylor.
"Our existing water supplies are facing a variety of pressures at the moment. Climate change is one of them ... we know that the West Coast is going to get wetter.... population growth is another pressure and ageing infrastructure is another." Lesley Smith, Water New Zealand
Ensuring clean, equitable, affordable water services for everyone, while protecting human health and the environment, should be bottom lines for all communities.
A new High Court judgment has confirmed that it was appropriate for the Environment Court to factor in potential contamination of groundwater from dairy sheds when considering the term of a water consent.
Up to 9000 new skilled workers may be needed over the next three decades to ensure as thriving Three Waters sector in Aotearoa New Zealand.
This was highlighted in the recent Three Waters Workforce Development Strategy report released this week.
Water New Zealand Chief Executive Gillian Blythe spoke on Morning Report about the need for a highly skilled workforce to help address the infrastructure deficit to ensure safer drinking water and a cleaner environment.
Today is World Water Day 2022 and the theme is Groundwater. Out of sight, under our feet, groundwater is a hidden treasure that enriches our lives but it is under serious stress due to over-use and other human activities on the land.
To mark World Water Day, we have launched our new podcast series: Tāwara o te Wai - Water Talk.
In our first episode, Water New Zealand chief executive, Gillian Blythe talks to three groundwater experts Louise Weaver from ESR, Geoff Williams from Wellington Water and Koos Wieriks from the Netherlands.
A rural Canterbury family has spent nearly $13,000 trying to make their drinking water safe, but their water-nitrate levels are still higher than they would like.
The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Simon Upton says Aotearoa New Zealand only surveys ground water once in four years for pesticides, but not neonicotinoids.
There is growing global concern over neonic levels in surface water, and he has recommended further soil, groundwater and surface water monitoring in areas with neonicotinoid use to improve understanding of environmental contamination.
Water New Zealand chief executive Gillian Blythe says one of the most important things about the three waters reform, and particularly about the latest recommendations, is the consistency they aim to provide.
After $10 million and three years of hard work by New Plymouth District Council (NPDC), Inglewood’s water is running clear again.
Climate change impacts in Aotearoa New Zealand are real and future risks are high, according to the latest report released today by Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Three Christchurch suburbs face limited housing development in future because their sewerage systems are at capacity and expensive to upgrade.
A collaborative project to make Te Awa o Ngātoroirangi / Maketū estuary healthier for people to swim and fish in has won two ACE Awards.
The Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) has announced the appointment of two new executive directors for the Three Waters reform programme.
Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Taumata Arowai chief executive Bill Bayfield were the two opening keynote speakers at the Water New Zealand Conference and Expo which got underway this morning.
Part one of the conference, held online due to COVID restrictions, runs until Friday 4 March and Part Two will take place at Claudelands in Hamilton and will be a face to face event (May 25-26).
We're underway - today's Taumata Arowai/DIA pre conference workshop signals the start of the Water New Zealand Conference and Expo - Part One is launched tomorrow - there's plenty happening.
See more and take a look at our programme
Palmerston North’s newest subdivision in Kelvin Grove is providing not only new sections, but an illustration of modern stormwater management.
Waikato-Tainui is appealing a decision allowing Auckland to take 300 million litres of water from the Waikato River every year.
Emergency works are needed at Havelock's sewage treatment plant, after last year's major flood event caused significant erosion.
A collection of 45,000 septic tanks wouldn’t usually trigger excitement, but for Lizzie Johnson and her Healthy Waters team it was like winning Lotto.
Several aeration machines are arriving at Christchurch's wastewater treatment plant to help combat the stench coming from the fire-damaged facility.
Water supply businesses and organisations can now register online as a critical service if they think they will meet the criteria when we enter Phase 2 of the Government's Omicron, COVID-19 response.
Cantabrians are being urged to stay away from one of the most polluted lakes in the country and keep their pets from the water after the discovery of potentially toxic algae.
The health of Christchurch’s urban rivers will continue to worsen without a further investment of $112 million over the next decade, city leaders have been warned.
Algae that was initially thought to be the main cause of Timaru’s drinking water discolouration woes has now been ruled out as the lead culprit with high levels of manganese taking the blame
One hour of watering your lawn is the equivalent of one day of household use of water - Selwyn District Council.
Longlasting pollutants linked to health scares overseas have been found in this country's urban water systems for the first time.
A Tauranga man who tried to use construction waste to build a makeshift ‘park’ into Tauranga Harbour is facing a stint in jail.
We want to address the infrastructure deficit, we want to improve compliance with drinking water rules. And we want to improve the environmental performance of wastewater and stormwater - Water New Zealand chief executive Gillian Blythe.
Warm weather and low river flows have created the perfect conditions for toxic algae to flourish, with new warnings issued across the region.
Auckland mayor Phil Goff says he’s determined to reduce his city’s reliance on the Waikato River, with the recycling of waste water into drinking water an option. Watercare has been granted approval to double its water take from the Waikato River despite opposition from Hamilton, the Waikato River Authority and river iwi.
Timaru has had discoloured drinking water for close to a month that the council believes is caused by a non-toxic cyanobacteria, or algae, in the secondary water source.
Water New Zealand technical manager Noel Roberts says algae may become more of a problem in the future due to climate change.
Environment Southland’s latest monitoring has found high levels of toxic algae at the Aparima River at Otautau.
City council staff are still working to reduce offensive smells coming from Christchurch’s fire-damaged wastewater treatment plant.
An estimated 11 million metric tons of plastic enter our oceans each year. That’s a garbage truck and a half of plastic every minute of every day.
A group representing 80 iwi is calling for greater legal recognition of rāhui, similar to Covid-19 restrictions, to prevent people from ignoring them.
Associate Minister for the Environment Kiri Allan is urging all New Zealanders to give feedback on proposed changes aimed at making drinking water safer.
“The current regulations are not fit for purpose and don’t offer enough protection, particularly for those whose water comes from smaller supplies,” Kiri Allan said.
Palmerston North is gearing up to have the most modern wastewater treatment system in New Zealand.
Emissions reduction needs to be a critical part of the Three Waters future.
Water NZ CEO Gillian Blythe says that while mitigation and adaptation to climate change is vital, the reforms provide a much-needed opportunity to pave the way for real action to reduce emissions.
The Government has offered major concessions in water reforms, that will make new water corporations accountable to even the smallest councils.
More people than previously reported were hospitalised as a result of the 2016 campylobacter outbreak in Havelock North, a new study has found.
Horizons Regional Council environmental monitoring scientist Kelly Le Quesne said the situation has highlighted the need to ensure all public no-swimming notices were widely and promptly circulated.
Thanks to funding from MBIE, researchers from five organisations — MetService, Niwa, Bodeker Scientific, Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Canterbury — have begun a New Zealand project called Extreme Weather Event Real-time Attribution Machine (EWERAM).
Bad smells reminiscent of the 1970s and 80s will continue seeping out of Christchurch’s fire-damaged wastewater treatment plant for years to come, the city council says.
A low-cost water filtration system that uses a collection of bacteria to remove nitrates, phosphates and E. coli may be the answer to cleaning up our lakes and rivers.
New Zealand has topped an international study of traces of illegal designer drugs in wastewater during last year's peak summer holiday period break.
There's another public health emergency and it revolves around 'forever chemicals' found in many things commonly used in everyday life and linked to serious health concerns, writes Lokesh Padhye of the University of Auckland
The Waimatā Catchment Group, research teams and community members discussed ideas on revitalising the Waimatā River.
Two community hui were held earlier this year and themes such as mātauranga-based projects (Māori knowledge), education, stopping river pollutants, planting and pest control were recognised as areas that needed to be worked on.
Researchers studying the effects of climate change on severe weather events in New Zealand have found that the extreme rainfall that brought flooding to Canterbury in May was 10 to 15 per cent more intense as a result of human influence on the climate system.
Mihi mai ki a Dr Te Kīpa Kēpa Morgan, a professional engineer, who’s inspiring a different value system that he says can help humanity thrive and safeguard the sustainability of our planet.
Chlorine could still remain in Christchurch’s water supply even if the city manages to gain an exemption from a new law mandating the disinfectant.
A decade-long mission to clean up one of New Zealand’s sickest waterways has led to top honours.
The Manawatū River Leaders' Forum won the supreme award for catchment with most progress towards improved river health at the Cawthron New Zealand River Awards on Thursday.
Construction of the Lake Dunstan Water treatment plant and bore field is projected to cost $6.9 million more than originally forecast.
Taumata Arowai Chief Executive Bill Bayfield says the new regulator will work closely with the water sector to lift performance.
It will take a "phased-in approach, with focus in the first year on those suppliers currently registered with the Ministry of Health".
Water New Zealand chief executive Gillian Blythe says the new water services regulator, Taumata Arowai, will play a crucial role in ensuring all New Zealanders have access to safe drinking water.
One of the iwi representatives on the Three Waters working group says that the reform process provides an opportunity to improve water quality and council relationships through concepts such as Matauranga Māori.
Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced the establishment of a working group made up of local government and iwi representatives to recommend strengthened governance and accountability arrangements for the Three Waters Reform Programme.
A bill transferring control of water fluoridation from local councils to the director-general of health has passed its final reading in Parliament.
Up to 100 cases of bowel cancer, and 41 deaths, may be caused by nitrate-contaminated drinking water each year - with around 800,000 Kiwis exposed to levels that international studies deem a risk, new research finds.
n the bowels of the Māngere Wastewater Treatment Plant, a team of engineers diligently grow small poo-eating organisms which will help pave the way to a greener future.
Water industry trade bodies around the world have joined forces in a call for investment to tackle the emissions associated with processing wastewater.
After "two decades of kicking the can down the road", the Government is proposing a quantum shift in the way water services are to be delivered.
Local Government Minister, Nanaia Mahuta told RNZ's Kathryn Ryan why the Government has decided to embark on the Three Waters reforms.
In the latest in the series of This is How it Ends, Stuff focuses on how intensive agriculture, fertilisers and nitrates as well as poor storm and wastewater infrastructure is destroying the health of our lakes and waterways.
Braided rivers are a defining feature of the Canterbury landscape. But they are polluted, drained, and drying out, leaving the banks of one littered with the corpses and skeletons of endangered native fish. Andrea Vance and Iain McGregor investigate for Stuff’s This Is How It Ends series.
Wellington Water has launched an independent review of its wastewater treatment operations.
Environment Southland won’t yet release the latest report on the Tiwai Point smelter, but an earlier report found 83 per cent of groundwater samples exceeded guidelines within the New Zealand Drinking Water Standards and Environment Southland groundwater rules.
Whakaora Te Ahuriri - A Wetland for Te Waihora has been shown for the first time at the International Wetlands Conference (Intecol).
New NIWA-led research shows increasing flood risk is going to be what leads people to make changes to adapt to sea-level rise.
Precious taonga that were used by Māori to fish and catch whitebait are on display as part of an exhibition celebrating the relationship Ngāi Tahu has with wetlands.
Several mayors from around the country have spoken about the challenges Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta faces in getting local councillors' support for the Three Waters reforms.
Addressing the huge deficit in water investment while ensuring that there is adequate community voice to future water services are key issues facing the government as it reviews the councils' responses to its reform proposals. Water NZ CEO Gillian Blythe discusses the next steps on Magic Talk radio.
Water New Zealand chief executive Gillian Blythe talks to NewstalkZB's Mike Hosking about how we can improve water services, whilst remaining affordable and giving customers and ratepayers confidence their voice will be heard.
Friday was D-day for councils to consider the government's Three Waters proposal and to give their feedback.
The Government today passed legislation that it says will transform drinking water safety and improve environmental outcomes for wastewater and stormwater networks.
A joint letter from Water New Zealand, Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia – New Zealand and Association of Consulting and Engineering to Minister Mahuta expressing our continued support for investment in the three waters and the high level and shared objectives which the Government and Local Government New Zealand agree underpin the Three Waters Reform Programme.
The chief executive of the Water Industry Commission for Scotland (WICS), Alan Sutherland, explains how economic and water quality regulation along with structural reform, has benefitted Scotland.
The legislation that will allow Taumata Arowai to administer the regulatory framework for water services has passed its second reading in Parliament.
Due to COVID-19 we have further postponed our conference until Tuesday 7 to Thursday 9 December 2021 with the Taumata Arowai and Department of Internal Affairs pre-conference workshop on Monday 6 December.
Palmerston North City Council has decided to pursue an option that includes a combination of river and land disposal for future discharge of the city's wastewater.
The chair of the Wellington Water Committee, Lower Hutt Mayor Campbell Barry, said there is alignment across the six shareholding councils of Wellington Water on what needs to be done to meet the region’s challenges in water services over the next 30 years.
Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta has defended the Three Waters reform saying the reforms will allow for jobs in local communities as well as provide for growth and greater cost-efficiency.
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.
The Government has released a Supplementary Order Paper for the Water Services Bill.
A new ESR-led study suggests regular wastewater testing for Covid-19 – now being done across the country to guide our Delta outbreak response – could prove a nifty early warning system to pick up future flare-ups.
New dates announced for the Water New Zealand Conference & Expo 2021
We look forward to bringing you a safe face to face experience in Hamilton. However, in order for gatherings of more than 100 to take place, New Zealand will need to be at Alert Level 1.
We are monitoring the Government’s announcements and will be in a position to provide an update of our specific plans by Tuesday 31 August.
Rural groups are at odds over the merits of new rules to improve drinking water quality.
Federated Farmers says the Water Services Bill is a bureaucratic box-ticking process, while IrrigationNZ is welcoming the reforms.
Scores of Auckland companies have been caught dumping contaminants down the drain, but none have been fined or prosecuted, Watercare data shows.
Water supplies at five army and air force bases have failed basic safety standards, the Ministry of Health reports.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made sure to nail that point home at the Local Government New Zealand conference this year in Blenheim, as she listed off all the country's water woes.
DIA is seeking feedback on proposed cost recovery fees and charges for drinking water suppliers applying for exemptions from regulatory requirements and event organisers seeking temporary registration of a water supply for a planned event.
Aucklanders will soon have the chance to see Hiwa-i-te-Rangi before she disappears completely, digging her way under the city to create Watercare’s $1.2 billion Central Interceptor wastewater tunnel from Māngere to Grey Lynn.
The Prime Minister has committed to settling the contested boundaries of the four new regional water authorities by the end of September – and that means some big decisions for some of New Zealand's smallest communities.
Mayors up and down the country remain divided over a proposed centralised water reform programme, with some concerned about being losers in the divvy up of assets, and others focused on the loss of local powers.
A climate change researcher says local and central government must stop allowing houses to be built in at-risk areas and we should no longer rely on flood protection infrastructure such as stopbanks to protect against climate change-induced major weather events.
The equation for measuring water purity has been corrected but a freshwater ecologist questions whether this adjustment is sufficient to prevent pollution. The official equation measuring the human impact on groundwater has been revised to better reflect levels of pollution.
The Government is putting a $2.5b sweetener on the table for councils as it moves to reform three waters infrastructure.
Prominent freshwater ecologist wrings admissions from agencies about poor use of water statistics. Read the Newsroom story.
Nitrate levels in Waikato's groundwater are causing concerns among scientists asked to look at the levels in the region.
Wellington's mayor is yet to take a stance on the Government's three waters reform plan, prompting criticism from his colleagues that he is at odds with his own taskforce on the matter.
Hopes of a chlorine-free Christmas for some Christchurch residents may be dashed as health authorities have refused to sign off a plan detailing the safety of the city's water supply.
Alarming new microplastics research has sparked calls for better filters in household washing machines and water treatment plants.
“We wish the Government had heeded the strong public calls to phase out wet wipes containing plastic,” says Green Party spokesperson for waste, Eugenie Sage.
Four major Kiwi environmental organisations have teamed up to push for the Government to set a strict nitrate pollution limit of less than 1 milligram per litre in New Zealand’s waterways.
From the Far North to Invercargill, the country's leaders give their verdicts on what the $120b-plus water reforms mean for ratepayers.
Gillian Blythe and Eugenie Sage discuss the release of the Government's preferred models and information released to councils this week on 95BFM.
Around the Wellington region over the next decade, councils are looking to invest several billion dollars in Three Waters alone, to upgrade its ageing and increasingly failing pipes. But now doubt is being thrown over the deliverability of big construction projects in the capital, where there is roughly a 140 percent shortfall in the number of construction workers.
Sweeping changes poised to overhaul local government and water infrastructure in New Zealand have been deemed the "only solution" by a Bay of Plenty mayor, while another North Island leader describes it as "the end of local democracy as we know it".
New Zealand freshwater scientists have answered the question of how much nutrients should be permitted in our rivers to maintain ecosystem health.
The Herald's senior Wellington journalist Georgina Campbell looks at how water service delivery is looking to be one of the next big challenges facing the water sector, due to a shortage of people working in the industry.
The following joint standards development projects were recently approved by Standards Australia and may be of interest to your organisation.
First councils were told they could 'opt in' to the merger of their three waters infrastructure, then that they would have to 'opt out'. Now the decision may be taken from their hands.
The inaugural members of the Taumata Arowai Māori Advisory Group have been appointed by Minister Davis as Acting Minister of Local Government.
A new report has found creating one to four providers is the most efficient way to overhaul management of New Zealand's three waters network.
The affordability challenge of tackling decades of underinvestment is eye-watering.
Congratulations to Timaru for taking out the title of NZ's best tasting tap water for the second year running. The award was presented at the WIOG Conference in Napier yesterday.
The future of a controversial organic composting site in North Taranaki is in doubt after the consents it needs to continue operating were not renewed.
The launch of a $16 million restoration works programme last week at Taniwha Marae in the Waikato was "collaboration at its finest".
A major industrial and residential development in Waikato has been given the green light despite concerns about flooding and wastewater issues.
There's been a big drop in the amount of water used by residents in Renwick following the installation of new meters in the township.
Local Government Minister, Nanaia Mahuta told delegates attending the Water New Zealand Stormwater Conference in Tauranga that "it's important that the proposed water service entities have responsibility for all three waters - drinking, waste and stormwater.
Budget 2021 has allocated $296 million to fund the costs of the creation of new entities to "effectively, equitably and efficiently manage water infrastructure and provide New Zealanders with safe supply wherever they live."
Finance Minister Grant Robertson says the government is committed to water remaining in public ownership, with local authorities, communities, iwi and others playing a central role.
Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta says the Three Waters reforms are not about ownership.
In response to opposition claims that the reforms will give Ngāi Tahu a share in Te Waipounamu water assets, the Minister says the reforms are not the way to resolve questions around the rights and interests of Māori.
Environmental Planner, Tina Porou says there's a real willingness in the stormwater sector to understand how Te Mana o te Wai will influence the management of stormwater.
She was one of the keynote speakers at the Water New Zealand Stormwater Conference.
The government’s ambitious water reforms and embedding the concept of Te Mana o te Wai into legislation will be key areas under the spotlight at the Water New Zealand Stormwater Conference in Tauranga starting today.
By Bill Bayfield, Taumata Arowai Establishment CEO
Water services regulator Taumata Arowai is about ensuring safe drinking water and improved Three Waters performance for all in Aotearoa.
Watercare has recently appointed Jon Lamonte as its new CEO. He’s so new, in fact, that when Mary Searle Bell spoke to him, he was still isolating in quarantine, having just arrived from Australia.
The Water New Zealand Canterbury Young Professionals Committee is looking for up to two passionate young professionals to join the committee.
New Zealand must move urgently to lead-free plumbing products, writes Master Plumbers, Gasfitters & Drainlayers
chief executive, Greg Wallace.
Newsroom's business editor Nikki Mandow looks at the serious state of New Zealand 's water infrastructure. Her in-depth analysis uses data from Water New Zealand's recently-released National Performance Review.
Settlement and paving along New Zealand's Hutt River are affecting the health of the river's waters at various points. Now the once pristine river is a victim of "urban stream syndrome," in which flood control measures tend to cause more variable water flow while also concentrating human-generated contaminants that are poisonous to river ecology.
Auckland Council and Watercare have jointly committed to adopting ambitious targets designed to reduce Aucklanders’ use of drinking water by 20 per cent over the next 30 years to create a city more resilient to impacts of drought and climate change.
A series of hui is underway to ensure that grass roots community Maori representatives are consulted over how the RMA changes will impact on water issues, particularly water quality.
Opinion: Waimakariri Water Zone Committee chair Michael Blackwell says we've taken too much from our environment and we must start giving back.
Whareroa Marae's environment manager is calling for urgent Government action over ongoing concerns about heavy industry contaminants in the area.
Yesterday the Bay of Plenty Regional Council confirmed it was investigating reports that PFAS compounds had been recorded in groundwater in Mount Maunganui's industrial area, on a site near the marae.
Water New Zealand's chief executive Gillian Blythe says water service managers around the country will be looking closely at the report into the East Otago contamination scare when it is released.
The review of the health response is now sitting with the Director-General of Health. The settlements of Waikouaiti, Karitane and Hawksbury Village are still getting drinking water from tankers, months after concerning levels of lead were discovered in the local supply.
National Performance Review data confirms Watercare's increased investment in water supply options last year will boost
Auckland's drinking water resilience.
The city's water reservoirs are half empty again - nearing record lows - but this time authorities are not so worried.
People opposed to a large irrigation scheme in Mid-Canterbury want their side heard when consents are considered, and say nitrate pollution is a concern.
Taumata Arowai has been making significant progress towards becoming a fully functioning regulatory authority. Today's webinar was hosted by Water New Zealand chief executive Gillian Blythe, who spoke with Taumata Arowai head of regulatory, Ray McMillan and senior advisor brand and channels, Sarah Peacock.
The cost of fixing New Zealand’s beleaguered water systems could amount to $110 billion over the next 30 to 40 years, according to the Department of Internal Affairs.
Taumata Arowai has launched its new website in the latest step towards becoming a new fully-functioning drinking water regulator.
The new Crown entity will take over from the Ministry of Health as the regulator of drinking water for Aotearoa in the second half of 2021. As well it will have an oversight role for waste and stormwater.
Carterton residents will need to boil water for at least another three days as the District Council plays it safe, despite a third clear daily E. coli test.
A plan to provide water filters for all Napier homes has been ruled out as Napier City Council plots a possible path to chlorine-free water over the next two decades.
Today is World Water Day and this year, and Water New Zealand's chief executive, Gillian Blythe says this year's global theme of valuing water is particularly pertinent here in Aotearoa as we come to grips with Te Mana o te Wai and the need to uphold the mauri of the water.
"Finding contamination sources in town networks can be notoriously difficult" - Water New Zealand Technical Manager, Noel Roberts.
The government is hosting a series of workshops on its Three Waters reform programme targeted towards informing councils and iwi.
The government is pushing ahead with its three waters reform programme, the biggest shakeup in local government in decades.
Listen here to the interview with the Minister of Local Government, Nanaia Mahuta talking on RNZ to Kathryn
The CDEM Capability Assessment Tool is a self-assessment tool for any organisation involved in civil defence emergency management to assess its capability to manage emergencies.
The Dunedin City Council is still investigating possible causes for high lead levels in the water supply for Waikouaiti, Karitane and Hawksbury Village, but it believes three of the six intermittent elevated lead levels can likely be attributed to old, cast-iron pipes with lead fittings in the vicinity of Edinburgh St, Waikouaiti.
East Otago residents will tonight find out what, if anything, authorities have learnt about the lead contamination of their water supply.
The Dunedin City Council revealed five weeks ago that it had found lead contamination in the water Waikouaiti, Hawksbury Village and Karitane.
A Wellington Water director says the company is in a "dangerous spiral" where resources are sucked up dealing with burst pipes and less money is available for investment.
A pending Court of Appeal decision on plans for a big water-bottling plant raises the question of whether Cabinet will write the end-use of water and plastic into new consenting laws
Data from Water New Zealand's National Performance Review has featured in an indepth series by Newsroom looking at how decades of underspending has led to the current water infrastructure crisis facing many regions across the country.
Watercare Chair Margaret Devlin has announced the appointment of Jon Lamonte as Chief Executive of Watercare following a comprehensive recruitment process.
Jon is currently CEO of Sydney Metro and will join Watercare on 6 April 2021.
Major water reform has taken a step closer with the appointment of the inaugural board of the Taumata Arowai water services regulator, Hon Nanaia Mahuta says.
A medical adviser for Bowel Cancer NZ has criticised studies linking lower levels of nitrates in drinking water with an increased risk of bowel cancer.
Water New Zealand's CEO, Gilian Blythe says it's important that households know how much water they use. "I think the same thing with your electricity bill or your bank account, if you've got information you can think about what you're doing," she said.
“Sometimes it has been difficult to make the case to councils for spending as much as is required to build a resilient network,” says Water New Zealand’s CEO Gillian Blythe.
Water New Zealand's Noel Roberts talks about the many ways that lead can get into our water supply.
Water New Zealand Technical Manager Noel Roberts talks about the challenges and opportunities we face in ensuring that all New Zealanders have access to safe drinking water.
Asked at a Waikouaiti Coast Community Board meeting last night if the communities north of Dunedin were looking at days, weeks or months of using alternative supplies, Dunedin City Council 3 Waters group manager Tom Dyer said the timeframe of days could probably be excluded.
A proposal to introduce water metering for all domestic users in the Timaru District has been kicked down the road for another two years.
Independent experts have been appointed to the government's rapid review into lead contamination in east Otago's drinking water.
Dunedin City Council continues to hunt for the source of the lead contamination spikes in drinking water test results from east Otago, and it has started a project to replace 5km of old pipes.
RNZ's Checkpoint programme contacted other districts around Aotearoa to find out if Otago's drinking water scare has pushed others to test more frequently.
As the water reforms unfold, it’s clear that one of the biggest challenges facing water utilities will be the need to ensure a competent, professional, highly skilled workforce.
Supervisor promptly reversed the action after noticing lye measurements suddenly changing wildly
A national oversight of the pollution of waterways by businesses is being considered by central government.
Two new pipes will be constructed in Wellington’s CBD as part of a $40 million plan to revamp the city’s ageing wastewater network over the next five years, according to the city’s mayor.
The Dunedin City Council and Public Health South are advising residents in Waikouaiti and Karitane not to use tap water for drinking, cooking or preparing food until further notice.
ESR testing of wastewater for COVID-19 has so far showed no signs of community spread, but the crown research institute is urging people to stay vigilant.
Stuff journalist Joel McManus has taken a look at what has led to the current problems facing Wellington over its water pipes.
A legal loophole stopping councils fining companies caught dumping contaminated waste water down the drain could be fixed within a month, a government law expert says.
Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta says councils can take stronger action against companies dumping contaminated waste water, even though they have identified loopholes in the law on fines.
Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta says councils can take stronger action against companies dumping contaminated waste water, even though they have identified loopholes in the law on fines.
Talleys, Ernest Adams and Yoplait are among hundreds of manufacturers and brands dumping contaminants into New Zealand's drains and getting away with it. Read more on the RNZ investigation revealing the extent of ongoing wastewater consent breaches.
Water New Zealand is seeking expressions of interest from individuals to sit on the Conference Technical Committee.
The former Michigan Governor, his health director and other former officials have been told they’re being charged after a new investigation into the Flint water contamination scandal.
The Minister for the Environment, David Parker, has announced a package of 19 projects he says will help clean up and protect waterways and create local jobs.
Bringing New Zealand’s water services up to scratch could cost $50 billion over three decades, new research suggests.
Papers released on the proposed major reforms of drinking water, stormwater and wastewater infrastructure reveal the expected costs of tougher standards and years of underfunding.
In a briefing document to the new government, Water New Zealand says workforce capability and capacity, infrastructure challenges and water reforms will be key issues facing the sector as we head towards 2021.
The document also outlines what steps the organisation has taken to help members address these issues.
Some rural Northland families are already running out of water due to the effects of Covid-19, inadequate rainwater tanks and dilapidated guttering.
The Water Services Bill has passed its First Reading in Parliament with support from all parties. Local government Minister Nanaia Mahuta says this is a decisive step towards ensuring safe drinking water and more efficient wastewater and stormwater networks.
The Clutha District Council has been fined nearly $500,000 for "egregious" failures in managing its wastewater treatment plants.
The council appeared in the Dunedin District Court yesterday where it pleaded guilty to six charges under the Resource Management Act.
Fourteen people have drowned in effluent and oxidation ponds in the last decade alone.
EQC is concerned with the growing liability Central Government is carrying...
The Government appears lukewarm on a proposal from the NZ Super Fund to have a role in upgrading councils’ ailing water pipes.
Four people died following an explosion in a silo that holds treated biosolids at a wastewater treatment plant near the southwest England city of Bristol, police said Thursday (local time).
Highlights from the Water New Zealand Conference & Expo 2020 – thanks to all those that attended and made it another successful event!
Watercare, New Zealand’s largest water and wastewater utility, has released its interactive pandemic plan under the Creative Commons license (CC BY), with the aim of helping other utilities and large organisations anywhere in the world better prepare for future pandemics.
Water poverty is challenging Northland's ability to handle future severe drought, according to a report from Radio NZ.
Wellington needs to double its investment in water pipe replacement.
A message to our valued members of Water New Zealand, this note is to alert you to some changes to the law governing privacy of personal information in New Zealand that come into effect today.
The Hawke's Bay region has been granted $50 million from the Government's stimulus package towards projects in Three Waters services - drinking water, wastewater and stormwater.
Hamilton City Council has been working to understand its carbon footprint and has come up with a method of calculating carbon emissions generated by wastewater treatment.
A new Wellington water report by Ernst Young and Beca has recommended the region adopt a 144 million dollar water metering system. Eugene Doyle is a water activist and member of Wellington's Mayoral Taskforce on the Three Waters and weighs in on the discussion with The Panel.
Auckland Council presented its new Wai Ora Wai Māori cultural monitoring framework at day two of the Water New Zealand conference and expo. The council said it hopes that all iwi mana whenua can bring their expertise and mātauranga Māori to discussions over water. This report from TVNZ's Te Karere programme.
Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta spoke of the need to lift standards to make drinking water safer for all New Zealand communities when the Government's reforms to an audience at the Water New Zealand conference and expo currently underway in Hamilton.
This report from TVNZ's Te Karere on the way council and businesses are wanting to work together collectively with iwi and mana whenua to improve the quality of water across Aotearoa.
Twenty thousand litres of sewage flowed gushed into Wellington harbour on Thursday morning amidst two consecutive pipe failures.
Wellington Water has discovered a 20,000-litre-a-day leak following the installation of small meters in networks across the region's metropolitan cities.
Tackling issues around water sector reform and the challenges of providing a sustainable and resilient water future will be key topics under discussion at this year’s Water New Zealand Conference and Expo.
The conference is now set to take place in Hamilton on 17-19 November after being postponed from its original September date due to the risks around COVID.
A review conducted by the Water Industry Commission for Scotland (WICS) has found that Auckland’s water utility, Watercare, is performing ahead of New Zealand peers but needs to be able to invest more to deliver fully on its potential.
Billie Jo Hohepa-Ropiha used to get through a mountain of wet wipes when her two children were babies.
Now, the former journalist turned businesswoman has invented a foam which she says turns toilet paper into an environmentally friendly, degradable wet wipe – and she hopes it will eradicate billions of wet wipes in the next five years.
Powerful South Island iwi Ngāi Tahu is taking the Government to court over water, saying the Crown failed to recognise its rangatiratanga over the resource.
A water storage dam near Kaikohe is the first project in the country to be consented under fast-tracked Covid-19 recovery legislation.
An early water meter trial in Marlborough found one house in Havelock leaking 30,000 litres a week. New results show two houses leaking that a day.
An anti-water bottling lobby group is taking its legal fight against Environment Canterbury (ECan) and two Christchurch operations to the Court of Appeal after having a challenge over consents dismissed.
A special ceremony has been held in Taupō for the official signing of an agreement to transfer specific water quality monitoring functions to the Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board.
Read the Stuff analysis of the fragile state of Welllington's water pipes - and the multi-billion dollar bill looming, not just for the capital, but for many other regions of New Zealand.
A team of Massey University soil scientists are working with local councils to help remove phosphorus from wastewater using large filters made of soil.
A pipeline that cost Napier ratepayers more than $2.2million has been blocked for five years and it’s still unclear whether and how it might be unblocked.
Cutting how much water we all use each day is good for our environment and could save millions of dollars in infrastructure upgrades.
The New Plymouth District remains one of the thirstiest places in the country and NPDC wants feedback on whether water meters should be put in to every house on the water network, as part of its Top 10 Kōrero looking at the big issues facing the community.
GISBORNE district councillors have agreed to allocate $11 million of the government Three Waters infrastructure programme to rural townships and to speeding up work on the wastewater treatment plant.
The first Water Safety Plan (WSP) approved under the Ministry of Health’s new framework has been awarded to Hurunui District Council.
New Zealand should implement a wastewater monitoring system to boost protection against hidden Covid-19 clusters and asymptomatic carriers, a University of Otago academic says.
Hutt City Council is facing a $1.3 billion bill over the next 30 years to keep the the city's water network up to scratch.
Waiora Aotearoa (Water New Zealand) is proud to once again tautoko (support) Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week) – 14-20 Mahuru (September) 2020. We've produced a poster featuring Te Mana o te Wai that you can download here and print for your office wall or above your desk.
The flushing of wipes is continuing to be a problem. This time, Southland district councillors expressed their frustration that people keep flushing wet wipes and cleaning cloths down the toilet.
Water New Zealand has postponed this year’s Annual Conference and Expo following the announcement by the Prime Minister that COVID-19 alert levels will remain as they are until at least mid-September.
A large worm farm on the outskirts of Kawerau which takes biosolids from most Bay of Plenty councils’ sewerage schemes is about to get even bigger following a new contract from Tauranga City Council and a commercial loan from the Provincial Growth Fund.
Anyone can enter (you don’t have to be a CIWEM member).
A very big 'Thank you' to everyone who joined us for the first-ever Stormwater Online conference.
The Water New Zealand Stormwater awards recognise expertise and contribution to the stormwater sector.
This year’s winners were announced at the Stormwater 2020 Virtual Conference this evening and the winners will be presented their awards in person at the Downer Gala Dinner at the Water New Zealand Conference & Expo.
Research shows that wastewater testing for COVID-19 is looking to be a useful tool in the fight against the virus.
New Zealanders flush toilets millions of times each day, and most of them lead to treatment plants that are not complying with their conditions for treating wastewater.
Councils will work with the Government to clamp down on the controversial water bottling industry amid widespread concerns over sustainability and the “banking” of consents.
Rainwater tanks are an obvious answer to water supply shortages but Water New Zealand's Noel Roberts says it's important to guard against backflow contamination of potable water.
In light of the situation around community spread of COVID-19, MBIE has reinstated the all-of-government Covid-19 response group that was in action earlier this year.
The Quake Centre’s Building innovation Partnership (BIP) has published the first part of a National Standard for 3 Waters Asset Data. The Code of Practice (CoP) has been developed by BIP and a broad range of industry partners to set out a minimum viable standard for as-built data for 3 Waters pipe networks.
Documents reveal Wellington Water pitched an accelerated apprenticeship scheme for an essential Three Waters workforce to retrain 100 people.
After unprecedented water restrictions last summer, South Wairarapa District Council has formed an ambitious plan to install rainwater systems in all urban houses. However Water New Zealand CEO Gillian Blythe says anyone using a rainwater tank needs to be aware of the risks of contamination.
Increasing water-related health threats, notably the waterborne campylobacter outbreak in Havelock North, have highlighted failings in NZ’s regulatory system for drinking water.
Parts of New Zealand are drawing pre-treated drinking water from rivers found to be regularly polluted with harmful nasties like E.Coli and campylobacter.
Reforms to national water standards will be the "biggest shake up" local government has received in 30 years, Masterton Mayor Lyn Patterson says.
The Government has set out the regional allocations of the $761 million Three Waters stimulus and reform funding for councils announced by Prime Minister Hon Jacinda Ardern this month.
The risk to our drinking water is been ranked highest on a list of climate change risks facing the country.
The Climate Change Risk assessment report has identified potable water as the most significant climate change risk facing the country rated on the basis on consequence and urgency.
Water New Zealand's Noel Roberts has joined a panel of industry experts to talk about drinking water safety in the Tasman District.
The review of the Resource Management Act has recommended that a new law be added to the books to handle adaptation to the impacts of climate change.
The University of Canterbury (UC) Master of Civil Engineering has a new water engineering endorsement programme for professionals seeking specialisation in selected water engineering topics.
Irrigation New Zealand is restructuring to put renewed focus on solving the tension between the fundamental need for irrigation in a post-COVID New Zealand, and the sector’s increasingly restricted licence to operate.
An ESR study on how microplastics are interacting with New Zealand’s marine ecosystems, has been restarted after lockdown delays.
The Ministry for the Environment’s recent freshwater report outlines the scale of the country’s pollution problem and makes many references to Māori ways of thinking, but what does it take to really understand an issue from another culture’s perspective?
Kāpiti Coast District Council is facing the potential alienation of $330 million of its core assets to a yet-to-be-established public entity as part of a major government reform of the delivery of water, wastewater and stormwater by councils across the country, mayor K Gurunathan said.
After much anticipation, the first version of the asset management data standard is being released on 31 July 2020.
The central and local government Steering Committee has put together the following compilation of FAQs to assist councils with an understanding of the proposed reform programme. These will be added to and updated as further questions arise and the reform programme progresses.
Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta discusses the challenges and options ahead for three waters reform, including the $761-million to councils for immediate repairs, maintenance and renewals.
Southern councils are pushing ahead with a review of consolidated water services as the Government announced $761 million for major upgrades to water services.
A formal government pledge to charge for bottled water exports has fallen short - but one group says it was never going to address the real problems related to water use in New Zealand, the Newsroom's Sam Sachdeva reports.
Havelock North's disastrous gastro outbreak could have infected thousands more than first thought, a major new DNA analysis has found.
The Newsroom's Dileepa Fonseka looks at whether the Government be able to convince councils to opt in to new regionally-based water organisations.
Information from Water New Zealand's National Performance Review has found that rural communities have some of the worst leaky water pipes in the country with some regional councils losing as much as 50 percent of the water put into their pipes.
"The nice thing about reducing our water loss is that it's an environmental win, whereas wastewater recycling and desalination are a bit of a lose because there's an energy and carbon penalty attached to them." says Water New Zealand's Lesley Smith on RNZ.
Water New Zealand is supporting the Plastic Free July Challenge ...
This year Matariki is anticipated to rise between the 13-16th July 2020.
The country's Crown Research Institute in charge of testing for Covid-19 will begin testing the sewage of managed isolation facilities., the Newsroom's Marc Daalder reports
Would you be prepared to present or send through your six biggest challenges that your employer will face in the next 30 years?
A law that makes crucial environmental improvements to the RMA, particularly for freshwater, has passed its third and final reading today.
Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones wants the fast-track version of the Resource Management Act (RMA) to become the new norm.
Waikato iwi want to block Auckland Council's bid to more than double the city's daily water grab from the Waikato River.
Auckland's mayor has asked the Environment Select Committee to add the consent to the list of 11 fast-tracked projects on the Covid-19 Recovery Bill.
With its ageing infrastructure and pipe network, how will the city cope with the predicted increase in intense rainfall events?
The Taumata Arowai (water regulator) establishment unit is looking to develop an acceptable solution for household point-of-entry type water treatment systems in New Zealand for use in rural/agricultural supplies and is collecting information about the range of cartridge filter and UV disinfection systems currently available. The goal is for equipment compliant with this acceptable solution to be widely available and economic whilst setting a standard that provides potable water with an acceptable level of risk. If your company currently sells drinking water treatment equipment of this type it would be helpful if you are able to provide some brief information about the products that you sell by 26 June 2020
Reconsidering our national and regional water infrastructure - how will life and the services we need change?
Wellington's mayor says the city's water issues show that there is a clear message coming through for transparency and openness about the state of water assets.
Temporary water treatment units and a desalination project for seawater are possible as Watercare prepares to spend up to counter Auckland's historic drought.
The Government's newly-announced freshwater reforms will lead to tens of millions of tonnes of emissions reductions, This report from the Newsroom's Marc Daalder
Water New Zealand says recycling wastewater for drinking is a solution that has been used overseas but it would require considerable debate if it were to become an answer to Auckland's water shortage crisis.
Sewage fungus, bad smells and insinuations of ignored good faith clauses swirl in a dairy processing wastewater consent application heard in Hamilton last week
New Zealand’s second largest dairy processor wants to discharge wastewater into the polluted Waitoa River, including during summer when flows are low.
Auckland's water crisis is leading the city to look to its neighbour for help.
Hamilton has been asked to consider stepping in and lending the bigger city some of its unallocated water.
Find out what Acting Chair of Urban Water Working Group, Stu Farrant has to say in our latest Water journal about COVID-19 and how it provides a chance to build a more sustainable future.
In light of the Government’s Three Waters Review, Otago and Southland councils have been discussing whether a collaborative approach to water services delivery (drinking water, stormwater and wastewater) could benefit Otago and Southland communities and the environment.
Water New Zealand says the Government’s Budget plans to allocate another $3 billion to fund “shovel ready” infrastructure projects, on top of the previously allocated $12 billion, is welcomed but lacks detail.
The Journal of Hospital Infection has published an analysis of coronavirus incubation times and the effectiveness of surface disinfection procedures.
By dragging our feet on climate action, we increasingly condemn our beloved lakes and rivers to a future of salmonella contamination, algal blooms, species extinctions and drying out.
IrrigationNZ believes the water projects that have been included in the $48 million loans from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will be a great step towards boosting the economy following the impact of COVID-19.
New Zealand’s underground freshwater quality data publicly accessible LAWA (Land, Air, Water Aotearoa) has released a new online topic that shows the quality of New Zealand’s vital underground water resources. The Groundwater Quality topic makes monitoring data from almost 800 wells publicly accessible.
Washington State Department of Health has released COVID-19 guidance for legionella and kbuilding water systems closures.
As New Zealand enters its fourth week of lockdown, we here at Water New Zealand thought some Water Professionals may be running out of things to do, so here are 6 Things Water Professionals Can Do During Isolation.
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.
As a result of the current coronavirus pandemic and the necessity to better understand, monitor and respond to the situation, Prof. Rosina Girones, Research Group Leader at the University of Barcelona, and Prof. Gertjan Medema, Principle Microbiologist at KWR, share in-depth insights on the latest research and outlook for the whole water sector.
Well done Countdown! Thanks for helping get the "don't flush wipes" message out.
COVID-19 has led to a big spike in people using toilet paper alternatives such as wet wipes, this means more blocked pipes.
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.
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.
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 (WWTP).
The Ministry of Health has issued guidance on cleaning rooms/facilities following a suspected, probable or confirmed case of COVID-19. The Ministry of Health have also issued guidance on face masks and hygiene. The guidance provides detail on how to use PPE if required.
To support water and sanitation practitioners and providers, as well as health-care professionals, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has recently published a technical brief, “Water, sanitation, hygiene and waste management for COVID-19
We have received the following advice from Police:
In terms of identification for your workers who are required to be out in the community delivering essential services, there is no ‘official’ or standard identification card or similar that is required.
Among the suppliers known to be failing their legal requirements are schools, a hospital, a Government agency, and numerous local authorities.
Big coronavirus panic buying is leading to big problems in Auckland's wastewater systems.
The Water Industry Professionals Association (WIPA) Continuing Professional Development and Registration programme was jointly established in 2019 by the Water Industry Operations Group and Water New Zealand to provide a system of recording the professional development of people working in the water and wastewater industry to ensure a high level of competency within the industry was maintained.
Residents in Wellington's Owhiro Bay say the sewage smell is the worst it’s been in decades after a sewage spill at a nearby landfill.
An article by the President of Water New Zealand Kelvin Hill
President of Water New Zealand Kelvin Hill told Heather Du Plessis-Allan ratepayers will probably cop a big chunk of the water bill.
Wellington's 'summer of sewage' and a growing debate about the need for massive investment in water networks has ripped the cap off a taboo subject for ratepayers: water meters and volumetric charging, Dileepa Fonseka reports
A prediction that councils have systematically under-invested in pipes by $6-7b is coming true in Wellington. Decades of choosing lower rates increases above investment is coming home to roost.
Connexis has reviewed all of the water treatment-based qualifications. While there were no substantive changes to the outcome of the qualifications, there is now a slightly different suite of qualifications aimed at future-proofing the qualifications pathway in the long term.
Water New Zealand's Technical Manager, Noel Roberts talks to RNZ's The Panel about Wellington's water problem and how it reflects a national issue of underfunding and undervaluing water.
Water New Zealands Principal Data Scientist, Lesley Smith discusses water management with Mike Hosking
Burst residential water pipes and a slurry of dirty water spewing into a popular Wellington beach are just the latest issues in a string of incidents plaguing Wellington water authorities
Lifting our gaze is a recent publication from the New Zealand Infrastructure Commission about making broader outcomes a reality in the delivery of major infrastructure projects. Our country is seeing historically high levels of investment in major infrastructure projects.
Bill Bayfield has been appointed as the Establishment Chief Executive of Taumata Arowai, the new drinking water regulator.
Bill is currently CEO of Ecan (Environment Canterbury) can and has worked in both central and local government.
Whangārei's almost 100,000 residents will likely soon need to cut their water use as the district moves to help desperate water-shortage-hit Far North and Kaipara communities.
A Nelson supermarket could be the first in the country warning wet wipe consumers to bin not flush the pipe clogging throwaways.
Auckland Council has asked Engineering New Zealand to nominate professional engineers with significant experience in the design or operation of stormwater networks for an exciting opportunity with the Healthy Waters department of Auckland Council.
Stephen Town has been named as the inaugural Chief Executive of the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology (working name). Currently in his final year leading the Auckland Council, Stephen will formally take up his new role on July 6, 2020.
A third of Wellington's wastewater pipes are either in poor or very poor condition, making them in the worst state of the largest centres across the country.
A damning report reveals an extra $270m needs to be pumped into Hutt City's ageing water infrastructure, meaning the council would have to double its current budget for capital expenditure.
Water New Zealand are currently drafting a short submission on the RMA Issues and Options Paper.
Jacinda Ardern is about to launch her campaign for re-election by announcing how she'll spend $12b on infrastructure. That seems a lot, but Newsroom's Dileepa Fonseka shows why it's just one half of the funding jigsaw needed to build tens of billions worth of roads, railways and pipes.
Bushfires in drinking water catchments can directly compromise water quality in the short term and more broadly in the long term. For months and years afterwards, it changes the water balance and catchment landscape.
Wellington Water has its fingers crossed a third break in the city's dated infrastructure doesn't happen anytime soon.
Dry temperatures caused by climate change prompts huge investment.
Northland in the grip of near drought like conditions.
Toxic algae outbreaks in South Canterbury rivers are only going to increase, the region's medical officer of health has warned.
An albatross died with a 500ml plastic water bottle in its stomach after being found in an awful condition on a Hawke's Bay beach.
Local councils have been crying out for more central government help with planning for sea level rise. Now a series of independent reports has backed their call.
Increasing population and climate change are putting water sources under pressure. With climate change, some parts of New Zealand will get 20 per cent less rain, Water New Zealand technical manager Noel Roberts says.
Buller's mayor has slammed a couple who redirected Punakaiki's water supply to their own power generator, saying it was a "selfish act".
A contaminated pump station that forced thousands of Christchurch residents to boil their water days before Christmas had been deemed secure in 2018.
Water New Zealand's Noel Roberts is encouraging people with rainwater tanks to install first-flush devices following suggestions some may have been infiltrated by ash from Australia’s bushfires.
In 2018 the Minister of Education, Chris Hipkins, announced a review of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) System.
Kiwipure Limited has been found guilty of making unsubstantiated claims
Taumata Arowai legislation in the House for its first reading last night. The bill will set up the regulator to establish consistent national drinking water standards.
Taumata Arowai–the Water Services Regulator Bill had its first reading in Parliament last night and is now on its way to the Health Committee.
While many of us head to our favourite swimming spots in rivers around the country, a study is underway to better understand how best to accurately reflect the risk between pathogens in freshwater and people getting sick.
Water New Zealand have registered as a stake holder for the Worksafe 2019 Workplace Exposure Standards and Biological Indices work and will engage with members as the opportunity arise.
Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford has introduced into the House legislation to enable a new infrastructure funding and financing tool.
These workshops will present the newly developed material to water managers, asset managers, consultants and any others wishing to better inform decisions around the management of underground piped infrastructure.
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As of 1 December 2019, the first step in the establishment of the new National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) for New Zealand has been completed.
The Water Services Regulator Bill – Taumata Arowai , introduced to Parliament.
We’re delighted with today’s announcement of $12 billion in new capital investment by the Government," says Infrastructure New Zealand CEO Paul Blair.
Central Otago Mayor Tim Cadogan weighs up the pros and cons of a new national water initiative.
Tap water at the majority of Maryland utilities, or public water systems, had levels of contaminants that exceeded health guidelines
The charges, which related to alleged sewage dumping at the Formosa Golf Club, carry a penalty of up to two years in prison.
A new water system will pipe in clean water from a river or deep bore far from the area contaminated by Ōhakea air force base.
Napier City Council has adopted a new stormwater bylaw it hopes will go a long way towards getting rid of some pollution.
Three summers after the devastating water devastation that crippled the town of Havelock North, in Hawkes Bay, a researcher looks for the lasting effects on many of those who fell ill.
A boil water notice is expected to remain in place for parts of Central Otago until at least the middle of next week.
Palmerston North's water might not run as clear as usual from the taps on Thursday morning.
A Christchurch-based engineering company that specialises in pipeline, civil, river and marine projects, has been awarded the contract.
Tauranga City Council has won the Communicating for Change Award at the NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards for its highly successful Save our Pipes from Wipes campaign launched a year ago.
A water conservation order and hosing ban is in place in Woodville, as a failure means the town's treatment plant cannot keep up with demand
The EarthTech Challenge invites purpose-driven youth aged between 13-29 with a passion for solving our most pressing environmental and social issues, through the use of science, technology, communication and design.
Water New Zealand would like to understand if there is interest from around the water industry to set up a Climate Change and Carbon Special Interest Group.
Sunscreen, sweetener and chemicals have trickled from Marlborough's sewerage system into its drinking water and irrigation supplies.
Essential maintenance work on the Ōhope wastewater system during the next two weeks will require assistance from residents
A burst water main blew a hole in a Grey Lynn walking track this morning, spewing water and large rocks over 50 metres.
Exploratory drilling to find an alternative route to run a drinking water pipe and keep the capital afloat in a disaster is nearing its end.
A group of Northland engineers recently took a close look at the main structures of the new Kerikeri wastewater treatment plant.
The Hawke’s Bay toddler contracted a strain of E.coli likely from her parents’ private drinking water.
The collaborative project with Pattle Delamore Partners recently received the Site Safe Health and Safety Innovation Award at the Water New Zealand conference acknowledging an industry-leading concept that reduces hazards associated with water sampling.
$44 million will be spent on water resilience over the next decade.
Urgent removal of 3000 tonnes of treated human waste from Dargaville wastewater treatment plant's oxidation pond moved a step closer on Wednesday
This National Science Challenge is looking at the impacts weather, coastal erosion, volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis have on infrastructure and what information can be developed to assist utilities in being prepared for these types of events.
Inside this issue you will find an update on the application of native vegetation for the treatment of wastewater and an update on the Lake Waikare Vision Mataurange project.
The Government released its draft National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity last week. The draft NPSIB applies to all indigenous biodiversity including water bodies and freshwater systems.
SuDS require a special way of thinking. They’re arguably more sophisticated than conventional drainage. SuDS ask engineers to learn to use a new range of design, installation and maintenance skills.
Marlborough winery's wastewater practices to go under the microscope
If you're in Whangamata, we're asking you to please conserve water and cooperate with water restrictions
Dry weather, climate change, lead to early hose ban in Kaikohe, Northland
As public concern about a proposed ocean outfall at Glenavy grows, the company behind the plan has called a public meeting in South Canterbury.
Proposed ways to increase protection of the coastal environment have been given the thumbs up by many submitters to the Napier City Council Proposed Stormwater Bylaw.
This speech was given by The Hon Nanaia Mahuta at a recent LGNZ Meeting
Every year more than 10 tonnes of rubbish finds its way into Wellington harbour, the region’s waterways and our beaches. And once it’s there it takes an enormous effort at considerable cost to clean it all up.
Recently the Government unveiled its proposed reforms to the regulation of drinking water.
Today the Commission released their second draft report for our Technological change and future of work inquiry looking at Employment, labour markets and income in New Zealand.
View this trailer for a film made by the Brave Blue World Foundation
The New Zealand Association of Scientists (NZAS) new President is Professor Troy Baisden, based at the University of Waikato.
The Govt has announced a tinker that may stop some overseas companies setting up water bottling plants.
Dunedin's main water source could be back in action sooner than initially thought, following a massive fire near Middlemarch earlier this month.
Updated Pipeline a sign of progress for Infrastructure Commission
The Government is undertaking a comprehensive review of the resource management system with a focus on the RMA.
An over-reaction to the Havelock North water contamination outbreak stands to cost councils.
Auckland Council's award-winning work
Residents on Selwyn District Council’s Arthur's Pass water supply are advised to begin boiling water.
Construction on the pipeline from Clyde to Alexandra has moved into its final stage as Central Otago's multimillion-dollar wastewater makeover continues.
Defence Minister Ron Mark's allegations of incompetence are better directed to Wellington public servants when it comes to PFAS contamination.
Residents on Selwyn District Council’s Doyleston water supply are advised to begin boiling water.
Dunedin will not run out of water after a massive fire damaged the city's water supply, but it will come at a cost.
Rules determining where firefighting foam can be used in the Dunedin district may be introduced after contamination of the city's main water catchment.
The New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) says the approach on the ‘Zero Carbon’ Bill is needed for water fluoridation.
The Environmental Protection Authority is commencing consultation to update the current classification framework for hazardous substances to the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS), Revision 7 (2017).
Please find attached a copy of Water New Zealand's draft submission to the Resource Management Amendment Bill. Please provide feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org by close of business today.
Fatbergs, caused by an entangled mess of wet wipes 'mortared together' by fats, oils and grease to form rock-hard material, are creating a 'real problem with blockages in the pipes', according to Sydney Water's Peter Hadfield.
The Pukenui-Houhora Residents' Association has called on the Far North District Council to object to 24 applications to collectively take more than six million cubic metres of water a year from the Aupōuri aquifer
Ashburton residents are being urged to boil their drinking water following a contamination.
A joint report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ on New Zealand’s marine environment has found climate change to be having “serious effects”.
With over 15,000 public submissions on the bill, the Environment Select Committee had a lot to think about. Here’s everything they did – and didn’t – seek to change about the Zero Carbon Bill.
We are pleased to acknowledge that there have been some amazing developments in the last few years, with people getting access to clean water, thousands learning the importance of handwashing or towns/villages being declared open defecation free.
Ministry for the Environment has released a report on the state of New Zealand’s marine environment warning of the serious effects of climate change and other issues on the unique life in our oceans and coasts.
Thousands of New Zealand's lakes have proven challenging to monitor – until now.
A Manawatū town's struggles with "rag monsters" has the council flushing thousands of dollars more into the sewers to get rid of the problem.
Water Research Australia is pleased to announce the release of the final report and portable executive summary for Project 1111 Value of Operator Competency.
Environment, health, recreation, and water infrastructure groups have come together to support four essential policies to save fresh water in Aotearoa New Zealand.
The New Zealand Utilities Advisory Group (NZUAG) has written to council CEO’s requesting annual submissions of information required under the National Code of Practice for Utility Operators Access to Transport Corridors.
Since the program launched in 2016, more than 500 U.S. professionals have now received credentials as graduates of the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP).
Comment: With environmental issues being on the rise, particularly those involving fresh water, Dr Jacqueline Rowarth explains why economists are needed urgently.
Sheep and beef farmers are generally in agreement with the principles behind the Ministry for the Environment’s discussion document on the national direction for essential freshwater
If we want to assure our export markets and tourists that we are actually a clean sustainable country, we actually have to prove it, writes freshwater ecologist Russell Death.
Waitaki District Council press the ''go button'' on a new concrete treated water reservoir
A survey of Paparoa residential and commercial properties carried out by the Kaipara District Council has found shortcomings in 50 percent of those inspected.
The audit focussed on the reliability and sustainability of the drinking water. The Auditor-General did not audit the quality of drinking water or compliance with drinking water standards.
View the Deep South Challenge Newsletter - Spring 2019 online
The Institute of Environmental Science and Research Limited (ESR) National Survey of Pesticides and Emerging Organic Contaminants in Groundwater for Regional Council.
Money matters . . . Clyde's new wastewater scheme looks set to have a "cost reimbursement" model for that particular section.
Residents connected to the West Melton water supply are advised they no longer need
to boil water.
Chlorination St is a one man play written and performed by local theatrical identity Ken Keys and produced and directed by Pauline Ellen Hayes.
Traces of organic contaminants – among them chemicals used to make plastics and sunscreens – have been found in two-thirds of New Zealand's wells.
Big questions have been raised by farmers at an environmental roadshow on the Government’s freshwater proposals.
New tests show nitrate concentrations from some bores on the Waimea Plains, near Nelson, exceed the New Zealand Drinking Water Standards.
A draft report has now been released - New Zealand, technology and productivity.
Reforms on how drinking water will be regulated is at the forefront of the annual Water New Zealand Conference and Expo in Hamilton this week.
Australian urban water management visionary Professor Tony Wong talks to Kathryn Ryan about his pioneering and award-winning ideas on evolving water sensitive cities.
This report is an output from the Quake Centre’s Building Innovation Partnership programme (BIP), which is jointly funded by Industry and the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE).
The Government released a discussion document setting out proposals to improve the health of our freshwater.
Here at Waiora Aotearoa (Water New Zealand), we’ve produced a wonderful Te Hurihanga Wai (water cycle) poster that you can use to brighten up your office walls.
This morning at 11am the Government has announced proposals for further freshwater reform.
As Chief Executive of WaterAid Australia, an international NGO that works towards a world where everyone, everywhere has safe water, sanitation and hygiene by 2030, I am extremely excited to be attending the Water New Zealand Conference and Expo together with our Head of Strategic Partnerships Federico Marcon.
View the report on stage 2 of the National Freshwater and Geothermal Resources inquiry.
Large parts of Christchurch will have chlorinated drinking water until the end of the year to help allay health concerns triggered by sweeping Government changes over safety regulation.
New Zealand has long hung its international reputation on its unique tourism, natural food products, agriculture prowess and clean image. But the quality of its water is also part of the story, says a Scottish expert.
These errors have been corrected and the Appendix has been republished.
MBIE have provided some useful links for building code updates and G12 water supply standards.
Keeping the drinking water supply safe without chlorine is certainly possible
"At the end of the day, the law is the law and must be abided by. The rules are there for a reason they are there to ensure proper process is followed,"
Controversial Chinese water bottlers Cloud Ocean Water has stopped production at its Belfast water bottling plant in Christchurch,
I am delighted to share this latest Global Water Annual Review – showcasing our key projects, initiatives and achievements from the past 12 months.
Jim Graham from Water New Zealand joins RNZ to explain what will be different, and what the effects might be.
Jim Graham from Water New Zealand says, "I think what's really important is this organisation, the new regulator [of] drinking water, waste water and storm water has kaitiakitanga at its heart
Please find attached the Cabinet Paper and press statement from the Minister of Local Government announcing the establishment of a new drinking water regulator.
Australia's consumer watchdog is appealing a Federal Court ruling that Kimberly-Clark's Kleenex wipes are suitable to be flushed down the toilet, arguing that the risk of harm to sewerage systems was overlooked.
The Association is calling for companies and individuals to get involved in our Australian Government funded programs in Vietnam and Cambodia.
The Government is undertaking a wide-ranging review of the Resource Management Act to improve environmental outcomes and enable better and timely urban development.
The key issues to be addressed will include removing "unnecessary complexity", ensuring faster and more responsive land use planning, and ensuring Māori have more participation.
A leading public health scholar warns 50 people could be dying from bowel cancer every year because of nitrate levels in their drinking water.
Environment Canterbury has rejected claims from Forest & Bird that it has been ignoring calls to address nitrate concentrations.
On the contrary, it says it has been prioritising action on this important challenge for many years.
Rarotonga's multi-million-dollar reticulation system is due to be commissioned by the end of the year, but there is debate about how, or whether, the water should be purified.
The Cook Islands deputy prime minister says the government has every intention of speaking more with the people of Rarotonga about how to purify the island's water.
Evidence nitrates in drinking water may cause health issues such as cancer is "inconclusive" but needs investigating, Environment Canterbury (ECan) will say in a letter to Minister of Health Dr David Clark.
Some bulky items, a capital gains tax, less punitive approaches to criminal justice and substantive welfare reform, seem to have been held up at the courier in Jacinda Ardern's much-vaunted year of delivery. But if you thought transformative politics was a tough gig, spare a thought for dental surgeons around Aotearoa who find themselves in the unenviable position of operating on children barely old enough to talk.
Opinion editorial by Luke Oldfield Campaign Manager for science-based advocacy group Making Sense of Fluoride.
An opportunity is available to undertake a PhD in Civil and Natural Resources Engineering (CNRE), on a 3 year College of Engineering scholarship ($15,000/yr + fees).
Infrastructure New Zealand Chair Andrew Stevens today announced that former BNZ General Manager of Institutional Banking Paul Blair will take over as Chief Executive of Infrastructure New Zealand following the Building Nations Symposium to be held in Rotorua on the 21-23 August.
View the New Zealand Government’s response to the United Nations detailing progress toward implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
In May, the Three Waters Review completed its targeted stakeholder engagement programme relating to regulatory proposals for water.
Taranaki community’s mammoth efforts to improve freshwater health at a landscape scale have been recognised by a national award.
The Commission has today released their draft report on Local Government Funding and Financing.
"They tend to bind together with other non-flushable materials like oil and fat and create fatbergs," says Water New Zealand's Technical Manager, Noel Roberts.
Australia's consumer watchdog has lost a federal court battle against a maker of so-called "flushable" wipes, after accusing the company of misleading claims.
The Ministry of Health has published its annual report on drinking-water quality and compliance, highlighting the significance of Government reforms in this important area of human health.
Plastic is being dropped into Lyttelton Harbour as part of a study looking at the impact it has on our marine environment.
Over the next three months, Kiwi scientists will be monitoring the impact and changes plastics have when submerged in water at Lyttelton's port.
Users of Canterbury's world-renowned drinking water have been issued a dire warning: "Pollution could render it undrinkable in 100 years."
President Kelvin Hill interviewed on nitrates on Radio New Zealand's Rural News.
Matariki is approaching fast, and is due to rise and be visable on the morning horizon (NE direction) on 25th June 2019.
This document provides you with more in-depth information on the new National Disaster Resilience Strategy, including to help with any enquiries from stakeholders.
Today, 38 craft breweries around the country submitted a letter opposing the Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to stop controlling pollution that flows through groundwater into rivers, streams, and lakes.
Read what Professor Pedro Jose Lee has been researching at University of Canterbury and trialing locally.
A new analysis from the Department of Defense shows the Air Force diverted more than $66 million to cover the cleanup costs of harmful “forever chemicals” that have leached into the water supply.
The NZUAG advise of a member-based working group the NZUAG Board is establishing.
This article presents the results of an investigation of the management of HS in water treatment plants (WTPs) in small municipalities.
Invercargill appears to be in the firing line when it comes to climate change with more than 1200 homes and 13 critical facilities in Invercargill and Bluff already at risk of rising sea levels.
The NZUAG Board is calling for nominations from members to be part of a working group that will assess how effective the Code has been and to recommend any necessary changes.
The Wellbeing Budget earmarked 229 million dollars to clean up our waterways, establish the Climate Change Commission and help bring sustainability to our farms. But it didn't have anything about stricter laws for those who do pollute. Simon Shepherd from Newshub asked Environment Minister David Parker whether more regulations are being considered?
Contractors are working seven days a week to clear a backlog of hundreds of water leaks across Christchurch and Banks Peninsula.
Treated wastewater from Moeraki will no longer be discharged on the beach near the Moeraki Boulders.
The Waitaki District Council's construction of a 34km pipeline from Oamaru to Hampden to supply safe and reliable drinking water to outlying communities has been named a finalist for a Local Government New Zealand award.
The New Zealand Lifelines Council held a committee meeting on 5 June.
This is a link to known infrastructure research. It isn't complete so if you have additional information that you feel should be added contact Liam Wotherspoon.
Wairoa District Council has until next week to spell out how it's going to stop using an "emergency" sewerage overflow pipe that for the past two years has been discharging wastewater onto a river bank.
Napier City councillors are in favour of funding a report to assess the work and costs involved in providing a citywide water network that could be unchlorinated and would meet new national drinking water regulations that are yet to be confirmed.
Christchurch is pleading with the Government help protect its precious water from overseas bottling companies, saying existing laws are "completely unacceptable".
The council wants the city's aquifer water to be treated as a "sensitive asset" and for new laws to require strict assessments of foreign investors.
Water quality testing at popular swimming beaches has been taken to new heights thanks to the use of drones.
When it comes to continuing professional development, mentors matter. CIWEM has relaunched its training programme for would-be mentors. Eugene O’Connell explains why.
Water New Zealand is keen to hear from members if there is an appetite to join Australia in creating a joint AS /NZS standard.
This is one of 11 National Science challenges current in progress by CRI’s and Universities funded by central government.
MfE released an updated measuring emissions guide (formerly the guide for voluntary greenhouse gas emissions reporting) earlier this month.
Alexandra's new $14.8million drinking water supply could end up costing another $5million because of the discovery in Lake Dunstan of the algae that causes lake snow.
Martinborough’s boil water notice to be lifted by the end of the week
Government officials aggressively pursued a Chinese water bottling giant to invest in New Zealand, even while public opposition grew. Now, multiple legal challenges hope to stem the rapidly growing industry. Charlie Mitchell reports.
Opinion: Dr Eric Crampton, New Zealand Initiative
New Zealand deserves far better water management.
Police announced in October its wastewater testing programme would be rolled out across the country to capture 80 per cent of the population. The pilot ran in Auckland, Christchurch and Whangarei.
The Productivity Commission has been asked by Government to undertake the above study.
In support of the ‘Water Safety Plan Framework’ the Ministry of Health has released the next guidance tool to aid in the development of water safety plan’s the “Handbook for Preparing a Water Safety Plan”.
This report is different to the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ’s regular six-monthly reports that cycle air, freshwater, marine, atmosphere and climate, and land domains
The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment has released a set of proposals to amend the regulatory settings for the building industry.
An estimated nine billion litres of water is lost every year in Christchurch through leaks, broken pipes and faults – the equivalent of 70 Olympic-size swimming pools a week.
Water New Zealand's National Performance Review shows that South Taranaki has the highest proportion of wastewater pipes in bad condition in New Zealand, with New Plymouth not far behind.
Water New Zealand said the Martinborough contamination case showed the government needed to move quickly to set up an independent drinking water regulator.
Following the Government announcement on 13 February Connexis has been consulting with our industry owners on the RoVE proposal.
Water New Zealand members may be particularly interested in page 354, paragraph 7.5 on emissions from wastewater production.
View the document here.
The Water Industry Operations Group NZ (WIOG) are proud to invite your organisation to participate in the National Water Taste Test Competition.
An independent review into a South Wairarapa town's water contamination has said "it was a matter of luck" that the incident was not a repeat of Havelock North.
The Minister for the Environment, David Parker, has released the first set of planning standardsthat come into force on 3 May 2019.
WaterAid is co-convening a session at the Stockholm World Water Week on women in utilities with the World Bank, USAID and others.
Please follow up with An Nguyen and Paul Smith with your interest in meeting the SEAsian delegations and we will send you details of their activities during Ozwater.
Water New Zealand says the report into Martinborough's water contamination event in January shows the need for better education and training in the water sector.
Minister for the Environment David Parker says he will personally feel he has failed if the country's fresh water is not in a better state when he leaves politics than when he entered.
An international planning expert has joined the chorus of people urging New Zealand to start taking climate change seriously.
On Friday 5th April, over 50 engineers and humanitarians took part in a "Walk for Water" in Auckland
Engineering Leadership Forum Submissions for the month of April
Water New Zealand say messages about preventing sewage blockages not getting through to Kiwis.
In December 2017, the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) began a national investigation into whether certain firefighting foams were present at airports and other locations in New Zealand. The foams under investigation contain a banned chemical, perfluorooctanesulfonate (PFOS). This report describes the outcome of this initiative.
Watercare’s newly-released Climate Change Strategy addresses the effects of a changing climate and contributes towards its strategic priority to become fully sustainable.
The prestigious Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize 2020 is now open for nominations.
A wastewater treatment plant at Lake Hawea has been breaching its resource consent for seven years, polluting surrounding land with excess levels of nitrogen.
Umpteen management restructurings and public sector and health sector ‘‘reforms’’ have also eclipsed the public health focus.. In a just-released book, The Health of the People, Professor Sir David Skegg quotes the report of the Havelock North Drinking Water Inquiry of 2017, which uncompromisingly said there had been a ‘‘complete failure of leadership and stewardship’’ by the ministry.
The Centre has a number of activity streams ongoing including: applied research and the development of guidelines, standards and tools with a focus on smarter ways of tackling problems from a coordinated, national perspective
Concerns about consent breaches, infrastructure limits, and a lack of information about wastewater discharge at the Hawea wastewater treatment plant were the main subjects for discussion at a meeting held late last week
Residents in South Marlborough are a step closer to seeing their town's boil water notice taken out of the newspaper.
Out of respect for those affected by the recent events in Christchurch, the organisers have decided to postpone the walk until the 5 April 2019.
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, 16, has been the driving force behind global youth strikes on climate change around the world.
Listen to Water New Zealand CEO John Pfahlert discuss water bottling with Newstalk ZB’s Heather du Plessey Allen.
The town of Kaikoura has been told to boil water following the discovery of e-coli in the water supply.
Water New Zealand Principal Advisor Water Quality, Jim Graham spoke to RNZ's Karyn Hay on Lately about the implications of the finding.
View the Auckland Water Strategy Discussion Document 2019 online.
Thousands of people took to the streets in Christchurch calling on the government to put an end to water bottling.
They had a clear message for the company selling its water offshore.
A decision by the Westland District Council to build a stopbank at Franz Josef to protect the town's wastewater treatment plant from flooding was not well made nor money well spent, the Auditor-General's report found.
The Ministry for the Environment has released a document on the Review of National Environmental Standard for Sources of Human Drinking Water.
The Ministry of Education invites comment on the Reform of Vocational Education Consultation discussion document.
The National Party is seeking submissions on Our Environment - Discussion Document.
Christchurch could face water restrictions after the city council admitted it will miss its May deadline to remove chlorine from drinking water.
Supplies are unlikely to be entirely free of chlorine until October under the current timetable of work to repair vulnerable well heads.
Christchurch could face water restrictions after the city council admitted it will miss its May deadline to remove chlorine from drinking water.
The Government has decided to create a new Infrastructure Commission based on the existing Infrastructure Unit in Treasury.
Auckland's Watercare is partnering with Plunket to encourage new parents to keep potential blockages out of the sewage system – in particular, so-called ‘flushable’ wet wipes that are actually nothing of the kind.
As part of the update on LINZ’s resilience work LINZ has a key data improvement initiative that they are currently seeking feedback from users to help prioritise data improvements.
A new report shows that better climate change planning is needed before billions are spent upgrading old water infrastructure.
The contract to build a new $27 million water treatment plant at Whangārei's Whau Valley which will secure the city's urban water supply for decades has been awarded.
A world-first denitrification wall at Silverstream, North Canterbury designed to reduce high groundwater nitrate levels is working as anticipated.
Christchurch City Council water boss John Mackie is understood to have resigned suddenly following a turbulent year.
As Martinborough continues to be impacted by a boil water notice, an expert explains why small towns are more susceptible to bouts of contamination.
South Wairarapa District Council issued a boil water notice to town residents on Friday afternoon after a very low level of E.coli was detected in the non-chlorinated supply.
Cloud Ocean Water has bought a block of land in Belfast near its existing site and says the new bottling plant would employ 200 workers.
Managed aquifer recharge is being trialed as a solution to water problems in Gisborne and in Hinds, Mid Canterbury.
The BRANZ study report on Residential water tariffs in New Zealand contains details of how Councils charge for water, wastewater and stormwater.
Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management are pleased to announce the publication of the Wellington Earthquake National Initial Response Plan (WENIRP).
The Ministry of Health has released an updated drinking-water standard, DWSNZ 2005 (Revised 2018) which will come into effect on 1 March this year. Water New Zealand supports some of the changes but has concerns about others. This has prompted Jim Graham, Principal Water Quality Advisor for Water New Zealand to write to the Director General of Health, raising a number of these concerns and asking that implementation of the new standard be delayed until adequate consultation with the industry can be undertaken.
Locals were disgusted more hadn't been done to warn the public after 1.5 million litres of raw sewage had been discharged into Bell Block's Mangati Stream last week.
"Regardless of natural delays, we have waited far too long to make the necessary steps for a sustainable future for all New Zealanders," ecologist Dr Mike Joy says.
Stuff correspondent Charlie Mitchell delves into the strategy behind DairyNZ's The vision is clear campaign which the organisation describes as a "movement... to encourage and inspire every New Zealander to think about their personal impact on our country's water quality."
With fundamental reform of our waste, drinking, and storm water on the cards - who will pay the billions and is it time for an aggregation of suppliers?
On behalf of the Water Services Managers Group Water New Zealand has submitted feedback on requested changes to the Non-Financial Performance Measure Rules to the Department of Internal Affairs.
WorkSafe New Zealand’s 10th Edition of the Workplace Exposure Standards and Biological Exposure Indices Special Guide was published in November 2018
Longer, hotter summers are creating more instances of potentially toxic algae in Canterbury rivers, authorities say.
There's no point investing $20.6 million into stormwater upgrades to prevent pollution in Ahuriri Estuary unless Napier residents change their dumping behavior, the council says.
The Napier City Council's environmental team recently photographed a part of the stormwater system on Munroe St filled with bottles, cans and foam peanuts used in packaging.
Key to improving water quality is increasing NZ's wetlands - after 90 per cent were drained.
'Drain the swamp' might be a popular rallying cry for a certain politician, but New Zealand's farmers are being urged to do the opposite.
The Queenstown Lakes District Council has been hit with a $24,000 fine for discharging sewage and polluting Lake Wakatipu.
Council contractor Veolia became aware that a developer had allegedly illegally connected to the QLDC's wastewater network in March 2017.
One key output from the Pipe Renewals programme is the Wastewater Renewals Framework – Gravity Pipelines guidance document.
Rangitikei District Council is confident an issue at the Marton Water Treatment Plant has been corrected and that water will be running clear in time for the weekend.
CEO Ross McNeil says a process error at the plant earlier in the week resulted in discoloured water.
A freshwater scientist says New Zealand is losing the battle when it comes to water quality. Land, Air, Water Aotearoa collates water data from the councils around the country as part of a swimming spot check project across 700 sites and has found 97 unsuitable for swimming..
Will councils will be dominated by climate-change issues in 30 years, rather than worrying about water quality in rivers and lakes?
A drinking-water safety plan is essential to the good management of a drinking-water supply. The Health Act 1956 requires certain drinking-water suppliers to have and implement a “water safety plan”.
Tauranga City Council says the response to the “Save our Pipes from Wipes” campaign following its launch on 15 October has been extremely encouraging..
To date, more than 113,000 Facebook users have been reached while the video has been viewed more than 143,000 times.
Operational & Business Services Team Leader, Cathy Davidson says social media comments clearly support the messages.
The Minister of Health has now issued the Drinking-Water Standards for New Zealand 2005 (Revised 2018) to supersede the Drinking-Water Standards for New Zealand 2005 (Revised 2008).A Notice has been published this afternoon in the Gazette and can be found at https://gazette.govt.nz/notice/id/2018-go6440.
Scientific testing of popular Canterbury fishing and swimming rivers has produced disturbing findings, including the presence of dangerous disease-causing bacteria and antibiotic resistant E. coli.
A new report puts the cost of getting regional wastewater treatment up to national standards at between $330 million and $500m, says Horizons Regional Council strategy and regulation manager Dr Nic Peet.
OAG published their report Managing stormwater systems to reduce the risk of flooding.
A visiting water scientist from the United States Department of Agriculture has been surprised by the poor quality of New Zealand's fresh water. Mark Borchardt is a research microbiologist whose work has been used to improve water quality and protect the health of millions of Americans from waterborne disease.
Don’t be sweet-talked into thinking bottled water is any better for you than tap water. Water New Zealand’s Technical Manager Noel Roberts says drinking water suppliers regularly test for bacteria, protozoa and chemical contaminants
Please find attached a draft submission from Water New Zealand on the Health (Drinking Water) Amendment Bill.
Members may be aware that the Productivity Commission has issued an issues papers on Local Government Funding and Financing, seeking comment by 15 February.
It should not be taking so long to improve our water supplies
Safe, clean water is a birthright of every New Zealander.
Wherever they live Kiwi ratepayers and communities expect to be able to turn on the tap and drink the water without fear of getting sick.
Alarming new data on groundwater in Central Hawke's Bay shows the levels are the lowest ever recorded in November.
This summer project will involve carrying out bucket testing on various irrigation systems types, and surveying farmers. Successful applicants will gain valuable job experience, networking opportunities, and add to their skillset and employment track-record
Water footprints attempt to compare the water efficiency of different products.
The Government’s Three Waters Review is being welcomed by the Hastings District Council, which is well on its way to achieving many of the review’s aims already.
The status quo is not sustainable. This is the message from the Government as it releases its Future state of the three waters system: regulation and service delivery and Local governance for community well-being.
“Long overdue reform of the water sector has created the opportunity for a first principles discussion of what local government can and should do and with what resources, so it is very pleasing to see the Government kick-starting this process,” says Infrastructure New Zealand CEO Stephen Selwood.
The public could have their say on whether bottling firm Cloud Ocean Water can extract water from a deep bore at its plant in north Christchurch.
Environment Canterbury (ECan) is considering whether to appoint independent commissioner Richard Fowler, QC, to oversee a request by the company to use a 186m bore at its Belfast site so it can export 1.5 billion litres of bottled water a year.
A Nationwide Test of the Emergency Mobile Alert system will take place on Sunday 25 November between 6pm and 7pm.
Following the Government Inquiry into Havelock North Drinking Water, Cabinet has agreed to a range of measures to address the Inquiry’s recommendations, including some technical amendments to Part 2A of the Health Act.
The most significant effect of the bill would be to remove specific timeframes for consultation and reduce the minimum notice period for a change to drinking water standards.
Minister of Housing and Urban Development Phil Twyford and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff today announced a partnership that will fund $91 million of roading and wastewater infrastructure to support the building of 9000 homes at Wainui, north of Auckland.
The Government Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) has been created in partnership with Auckland Council, Crown Infrastructure Partners and Fulton Hogan Land Development.
It's an important and contentious question: how do we preserve New Zealand's fresh water reserves, and maintain our beautiful environment, while also keeping up a functional economy?
And what ethical and cultural considerations does that throw up?
It's a question a bunch of academics and scientists have had a shot at answering in a new BWB book, From Mountains to Sea: Solving New Zealand's Freshwater Crisis.
The Productivity Commission has just published an issues paper for its inquiry into local government funding and financing.
Find information on a set of urban water principles which are designed to improve our stewardship of urban water.
Read the latest NZ Geographic, which features a new article by Kennedy Warne, The Final Meltdown.
Tauranga is following in the footsteps of the UK by calling for restrictions on single-use so-called 'flushable' wet wipes.
The New Zealand Governments draft National Disaster Resilience Strategy is now available for public consultation.
HRV Clean Water, owned by Vector, has been fined $440,000 after pleading guilty to making unsubstantiated claims about the benefits of its water filters and also for making misleading claims about the quality of New Zealand's home water supply.
Please find below details of the launch of Melbourne Water's Innovation Competition to fight climate change!
Infrastructure New Zealand have drafted a submission for the infrastructure body consultation which closes on the 26th.
You may recall that the the Havelock North Inquiry recommended that the Ministry should take all necessary steps to boost drinking-water assessor numbers and resources, and that the prerequisite Health Protection Officer requirement to be a drinking-water assessor should be removed.
Police drug testing of wastewater will soon be be rolled out across the country. Testing for methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, MDMA and fentanyl will be performed by the Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR) at 38 sites from Kerikeri to Invercargill, covering 80 percent of New Zealand's population.
The Engineering New Zealand Rivers Group is taking applications for postgraduate student research support grants up to $2500.
An embargoed version of the consultation document for the new independent infrastructure body and a copy of the submissions form from Treasury can be found below.
The Australian & New Zealand Biosolids Partnership (which is managed by the Association) just launched a postgraduate student travel grant for the Biosolids Conference in Brisbane next February.
When E coli was recently found in Wellington's drinking water, authorities responded within hours.
In doing so, tens of thousand of people were potentially saved from illness.
It followed the contamination of Havelock North's drinking water in August 2016, which was linked to three deaths and more than 5000 people falling ill.
Although there is broad support for fluoridation from the Ministry of Health and the New Zealand Dental Association, the practice has remained controversial, particularly in the context of our express recognition of the “right to refuse to undergo any medical treatment” in section 11 of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act (NZBORA).
The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment is currently undertaking a review of the funding of joint Australian/New Zealand standard developments costs.
Water New Zealand made a submission to the Productivity Commission on how New Zealand can transition to a low-emissions economy.
The Auditor-General’s report Managing the supply of and demand for drinking water was presented to the House of Representatives on 20 September 2018.
David Parker as Trade and Growth Minister was interviewed on Q+A on Sunday night.
Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta says small towns will feel the greatest cost burden when it comes to upgrading water infrastructure.
The control of water by a single entity in both Scotland and Ireland is being seen as an example of what could work in New Zealand.
New Zealanders take fresh drinking water for granted - we assume we'll just turn on the tap and it will be fine.
But in reality 70 percent of people living in small towns of up to 500 people get water which doesn't meet drinking water standards.
An organisation that keeps an eye on the state of New Zealand's water says the quality of our drinking water is so bad in places, it could lead to mass death.
Water New Zealand says if we don't do something soon, we'll see another contamination like the Havelock North one - and that in turn could destroy our tourism industry.
The Government is set to strip councils of their power over water following Havelock North's 2016 gastro crisis which was a wake up call for the country.
Speaking to Water New Zealand's conference today, the Local Government Minister, Nanaia Mahuta, gave her strongest hint yet of change.
Applications for the Manawatū River Leaders’ Accord community grants programme are now open.
An ecologist has accused the current Government of not being "ballsy and strong enough" to restore the country's '100 percent pure' image.
Water New Zealand is proud to tautoko (support) Te wiki o te reo Māori (Māori language week) 10-16 Mahuru (September), 2018.
Our water supply might be abundant, but our pipe systems are inefficient and leaky, says Water NZ CEO John Pfahlert.
NZ Utilities Advisory Group are pleased to advise that Issue 14 of NZUAG News is now available.
Billions of dollars worth of roads, pipes and other local council infrastructure are at risk of rising sea levels, a report from Tonkin + Taylor and Local Government New Zealand shows.
Local councils are calling for a nation-wide ban on copper brake pads.
Thank you to all those who have provided initial feedback on GD06 – On-site Wastewater Management in the Auckland Region.
Water NZ chief executive John Pfahlert told a seminar in Christchurch the Ministry of Health had been "missing in action" over water regulation.
We are very pleased to promote the first issue of GroundsWell.
The Water New Zealand 2018 Conference and Expo is just 3 weeks away so we thought we’d let you know that this year we’re going to do things a bit differently in the YWP session, being held at 11am on Wednesday 19 September.
Help celebrate Te wiki o te reo Māori (10-16 September). Water New Zealand is proud to support Maori Language Week
A controversial water bottling operation in Christchurch has been ordered to stop its activities after being caught illegally taking water from beneath the city.
Cloud Ocean Water Ltd was granted consent in December to extract around 1.5 billion litres a year at a plant in Belfast, which it intends to sell abroad.
Our three waters system faces significant funding challenges and the status quo is not an option - Local Government Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta speech to Infrastructure NZ 2018 Building Nations conference.
By David Walker
In mid‐August, members of GHD’s specialist water sector team contributed to New Zealand’s 2018 Building Nations conference. Hosted by Infrastructure NZ, this annual event sees key players in local infrastructure development come together to discuss challenges and opportunities for the sector.
Fixing New Zealand's water infrastructure will cost billions of dollars. Could new super-regions or even a special tax be the answer?
Water is one of the key issues addressed in a thought leadership report just released by Engineering New Zealand which looks at issues facing the wellbeing of New Zealanders.
Two years on from the unprecedented Havelock North water contamination event the Hastings District Council has taken on board the learnings from the Government water inquiry and made the delivery of safe water a top priority.
Hastings Mayor Sandra Hazlehurst says it’s an important time to reflect on and acknowledge what happened, and to also acknowledge the enormous amount of progress that has been made in the last two years.
A new report says decades of under-investment by both central and local government, exacerbated by strong and increasingly uneven population growth, have exposed deficiencies in our infrastructure and in our tools for responding to growth.
The long-awaited upgrade of a tiny West Coast town’s damaged sewage treatment ponds has a time extension – but the district council’s still being investigated for possible environmental rule breaches.
The Government is establishing a new group to broaden the conversation with Māori on freshwater.
The pipes under our cities towns and homes deliver not just drinking water they also take away our waste. But local councils, especially those outside the main centres, say they can't afford the upkeep of the pipes they own and struggle to pay for necessary upgrades.
Have you recently presented at an Association event, submitted an abstract or paper that you believe would be of great interest to the water sector and wider community? If so, we would like to invite you to submit a full manuscript to the Association’s Water e-Journal through our online submission portal.
The terms of reference are available here and anyone interested in the inquiry can subscribe to receive updates. Water New Zealand will be preparing a submission.
Judging is underway for the River Story Award section in this year’s Cawthron Foundation 2018 New Zealand River Awards.
What do cigarette butts, syringes, wet wipes and condoms have in common?
A $900,000 pilot study being conducted in Invercargill may soon help water suppliers throughout the country provide safer community drinking water.
Auckland's sewerage system is choking on 'fatbergs', with Watercare now spending $1 million to remove them and other blockages from the network each year.
The Ministry of Health has updated its guidelines on how to apply the Drinking Water Standards.
The Guideline Document On-site Wastewater Management in the Auckland Region (GD06) is now published on the Auckland Design Manual website as a draft for public consultation
What actions New Zealand companies and public bodies have been taking to address climate risk largely hasn't been shared, a new analysis finds.
A senior NIWA scientist is concerned many councils are having difficulty “getting off the starting blocks” when it comes to planning for coastal climate change.
New Zealand councils could lose responsibility for providing drinking water under a major reform of national water management, the Government has announced.
Councils are screaming for financial help from central Government. The problem is, David Williams reports, they might get it sooner than they think.
We should also ask ourselves how can we ensure safer drinking water and better environmental practices in a way that is affordable for our communities? Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta addressed the LGNZ conference in Christchurch about the Government’s approach to three waters reform.
Professor Michael Baker looks at drinking water safety standards
Napier Mayor Bill Dalton said the Napier City Council was just one of many that felt this way and something needs to be done.
Two groups charged by the last government with finding a solution to the freshwater management problem have been put on pause as the Labour-led coalition forges its own way ahead.
The Government is reviewing the framework within which three waters services are regulated and delivered. In-principle, decisions by Cabinet are expected in October.
The Government has introduced a Bill to shorten the consultation period required to make changes to the drinking water standards
This paper provides an update on the Government actions responding to the Government Inquiry into the Havelock North Drinking-Water Outbreak (the Inquiry) and seeks policy approval for initial amendments to the drinking-water provisions of the Health Act 1956.
The effects of human activity are making Southland's natural environment less resilient to issues such as water pollution.
This was one of the key findings in a recently released report, looking into the current state of Southland's wastewater infrastructure.
THERE'S SOMETHING in the water, and it's probably not what you expect. An amazing array of items can be found in water tanks, from beer bottles to vermin.
Congratulations to Martin Scott from Hamilton City Council. The winner of our photo competition.
A small group from Irish Water will be visiting New Zealand in September/October this year.
Please find attached the report for National Science Challenge 11.
For your information and interest, the finalised Annual Report on Drinking-Water Quality 2016-2017 was published on the Ministry of Health's website on 28 June 2018.
The Ministry for the Environment has a Zero Carbon Bill discussion paper out for public comment.
The Supreme court has ruled in favour of South Taranaki District Council in its legal battle to add fluoride to the water supply in two towns.
Fluoride is making a return to Hastings water.
An update from LGNZ on their Water 2050 project and outlines the release of their third piece of work.
How Water New Zealand has rapidly become an industry 'go-to' group - Sunday Star Times report.
Please note factual errors - John Mackie is a board member but not Board Chair as incorrectly stated.
Water New Zealand promotes the sustainable management and development of the water environment. We have almost 2000 corporate and individual members made up of decision-makers and technologists from central and local government, industry, the academic and research communities, consultants as well as service and equipment supply organisations.
A Lower Hutt plastics company has owned up for its part in the hundreds of thousands of plastic beads that are scattered around Wellington coastlines.
It could be years before high nitrate levels drop in South Canterbury catchments, a groundwater scientist says
The latest report on Christchurch's drinking water offers glimmers of hope among the grim reading. Dominic Harris sits down with new council water boss Helen Beaumont to find out how she plans to turn things around.
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria has been found in Christchurch's Avon River, leading scientists to urge city authorities to tighten water quality standards.
Of all the things Aucklanders force-flush down their toilets, wet wipes are especially concerning for Watercare.
The expansion of a controversial water bottling plant near Whakatane is splitting the local community.
Praise for the Otago Regional Council for focusing on urban water quality.
In its draft long-term plan, the council dedicated $3.32million over the next 10 years to focus on urban discharges and the effect on water quality.
A flood of complaints immediately following the introduction of Dunedin city water to Mosgiel’s water supply last year has slowed to a trickle.
About 120 households in rural Otago are being warned not to drink the water from their bores after testing found high levels of the faecal bacteria E. coli.
As you may know, Engineering New Zealand have launched a mentoring pilot programme in Auckland called Mentor Me.
The government has granted a Chinese-owned company permission to expand a water bottling plant in Whakatane.
A central North Island regional council has ordered the Defence Force to stop discharging stormwater with firefighting foam in it.
You'd think the man defending water chlorination in Christchurch would be running for the Port Hills but when it comes to political crises John Pfahlert has been there, done that.
New Zealand-based water bottlers are cashing in on picturesque Southern Alps landscapes, even if they're based nowhere near them, the Beverage Council says.
Key issues of drinking water reform and freshwater management were discussed at a summit in Wellington last week run by LGNZ, Water New Zealand and IPWEA.
A plan to help farmers and growers reduce their impact on fresh water, through good farming practices, has been launched today.
Five months after the city council revealed Christchurch’s drinking water had been compromised, it appears not a single well head has been fixed.
Submission: Productivity Commission Low Emissions Economy
The Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA, www.iema.net) The NZ membership of IEMA was formed inApril 2017 to support IEMA and is supported by members located across Aotearoa New Zealand.
Urban water resilience is a key focus in ARUP's Global Water Annual Review 2017-18.
Mike Brewster, CEO of TasWater has been in New Zealand attending the Water Summit in Wellington.
There may have been smaller campylobacter outbreaks in Hawke's Bay that were never picked up by health officials, researchers studying the 2016 Havelock North outbreak say.
Severn Trent's new thermal hydrolysis plant (THP) at its biggest sewage treatment works in Minworth, near Birmingham is starting to become operational, with 100 tonnes of sludge being processed on a daily basis.
A major overhaul of how water is regulated and delivered could be on the cards, with the government keen on fewer, larger suppliers.
The strains on New Zealand’s water infrastructure were a hot topic at a local government summit this week. Everyone is preparing for change, but concrete decisions from the Government still appear some time away.
With the amount of harmful plastic litter in oceans and seas growing ever greater, the European Commission is proposing new EU-wide rules to target the 10 single-use plastic products most often found on Europe's beaches and seas, as well as lost and abandoned fishing gear.
NZ's water infrastructure is broken but Cabinet yet to decide how to fix it
Water quality in Lake Hayes dominated submissions at an Otago Regional Council long-term plan hearing in Queenstown yesterday.
The Christchurch City Council promised to upgrade 102 well heads within a year so it could stop chlorinating the city's water supply
Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel is asking staff if they can reduce the level of chlorine in the water supply following residents' complaints to online media as well as print, and radio and TV , about the taste and smell of tap water.
Wellington Water hosted a central NZ (Tasman, Napier, New Plymouth) 3 waters Managers / Asset managers meeting on the 18th May.
The HYDRAPULSE flusher gate, developed by engineers at Reece Innovation, harnesses the power of water to blast through the congealed debris that can clog sewers and storm drains.
A fully-funded MSc project is available through the School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington which will contribute to the ‘Living at the Edge’ programme and the ‘Economics’ toolbox of the Resilience to Nature’s Challenges National Science Challenge.
The Rivers Group would like to take this opportunity to inform you about the University of Auckland Marsden Grant PhD Scholarship in Māori River Restoration,which may be of interest to you.
Alex Casey goes on an odyssey to discover the fate of Auckland’s disposable sanitary waste.
As part of the government funded science challenges, Water New Zealand has been invited to participate in “Deep South Science Challenge” dialogue on drought. The outcomes of the dialogue will be funded research projects that look at the Impacts and Implications of climate projections of drought.
The Productivity Commission recently released a paper examining options for NZ to move to a low emissions economy.
Seven Sharp – Should wet wipes be banned in New Zealand for the sake of the environment?
The Environmental Defence Society says that the reaction to Environment Minister David Parkers comments about cows has been ill-informed.
In 2017, Water New Zealand’s Stormwater Education and Training Subgroup sent out a survey to Stormwater practitioners. We had 137 people respond with input identifying future training needs in the stormwater space. Now we need more details from you!
We want to know if your needs have changed and if the same feedback applies, so we are reaching out to even more of you for feedback.
Worksafe NZ is consulting on their draft Health and Safety Strategy.
Nanaia Mahuta is the Minister for Maori Development and an Associate Minister for the Environment. She discusses iwi water rights, pollution reduction with Guyon Espiner.
The government plans to set new limits on how much pollution farmers can put in waterways - an announcement that will have huge ramifications for the agriculture sector.
New rules which set limits on how much pollution farmers can put in to waterways are set to have a huge impact on how we use land and water.
Attached is the draft terms of reference for the review of New Zealand’s approach to joint A/NZ standards.
A fatberg is a congealed mass found in sewer systems combining non-biodegradable solid matter such as wet wipes with grease or cooking fat.
The consultation phase for the NZC in Workplace Health and Safety Practice (Level 3) is now available for feedback. You can find more information and the feedback document online:
View CEO, John Pfahlert on TVNZ's Breakfast show
The quality of drinking water became huge news last year after a report into the Havelock North gastro outbreak revealed people across the country were likely to be drinking unsafe water.
The water sector has made fresh calls for a new independent regulator as the Government launches a major review to tackle New Zealand's water woes.
The Department of Internal Affairs-led review will probe the way the "three waters" - wastewater, stormwater and drinking water - are managed.
Connexis are excited to announce the new NZ Apprenticeship in Water Treatment has just launched.
Q+A: Why some ratepayers are falling foul of councils wastewater management
Seven Sharp - Why does Christchurch tap water need chlorine when bottled water doesn't?
Christchurch City Council has reiterated its determination to rid the city’s water of chlorine in 12 months as the mayor signals creating a task force to ensure chlorination is temporary.
If a leading water quality consultant is right about the state of Christchurch’s drinking water supply, then the region may have its head in Canterbury river gravel about the risks to that supply.
THE HAVELOCK NORTH water inquiry highlighted widespread systemic failure in our drinking water system.
Christchurch's drinking water supply is likely to end up being chlorinated permanently – and repairing faulty well heads will not change that.
Coping in the face of climate change: Research announced to better support our communities
More properties are testing positive for toxic chemicals in the groundwater near Base Woodbourne, in Marlborough, with drinking water and irrigation supplies affected.
Motu Note #29, Communities and climate change: Vulnerability to rising seas and more frequent flooding
Water New Zealand is behind the Australian Water Association who is welcoming the judgement of the Federal Court of Australia to fine Pental $700,000 for making false and misleading representations about their White King ‘flushable’ wipes.
Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel softly dropped the idea in recent days that it might be time for her city to reconsider the vexed issue of charging based on water usage.
The American Water Works Association cheers the new “Farm Bill” which brings more attention to the issue of protecting sources of drinking water through conservation practices funded by the Farm Bill.
Hydralinc Australia have developed a new tool based on ARR 2016 blockage of hydraulic structures for flood and stormwater modelling.
Southland District Council’s Senior Project Engineer for Water and Waste Services, Matt Keil, was awarded local government’s prestigious Brookfields Emerging Leader of Year Award last night at a Gala Dinner held in Auckland.
Christchurch mayor adamant city's water supply will be chlorine-free in 12 months, despite report saying could take 3 years.
Fresh water today is slippery business. Large amounts of the resource are being siphoned into the pockets of private, overseas bottle companies by virtue of council consents.
New Zealand faces big challenges, including a ``shocking decline'' in the state of our waterways, Environment Minister David Parker warned yesterday.
Councils are already struggling with swimmability targets. Here's why that's a problem
Waipa District Council is standing its ground, having voted for a second time not to form a water company with Hamilton City Council.
The Government has begun winding down public subsidies for large-scale irrigation projects, but has agreed to honour previous commitments to existing schemes and three that are still in the works.
Regional councils are this month announcing draft targets that are a step towards the goal of 90 per cent of rivers and lakes being swimmable by 2040.
The draft regional targets draw on information contained in a report prepared jointly by Regional Councils, the Ministry for the Environment and the Ministry of Primary Industries, with advice from technical experts. Councils have until the end of this year to discuss the draft regional targets with their communities and finalise them.
The process of flushing Christchurch's water supply with chlorine is underway, ending its reign as the only major New Zealand city not to treat its water.
A company in Hawke's Bay faces a fine of up to $600,000 for discharging waste into Ahuriri Estuary.
Christchurch residents are about to start tasting chlorine in their water.
Opinion: It’s time ratepayers stopped picking up the bill for tourists.
World Water Day is a time to celebrate the efforts of the many thousands of New Zealanders who are taking action to improve water quality and restore our streams, lakes and rivers, says Environment Minister David Parker.
Wetlands are the kidneys of the land – filtering, absorbing and transforming contaminants before they can affect streams or lakes.
Coromandel property owners and buyers will soon get a heads-up about sea level risk.
The country’s most valuable asset is being taken off shore, and degraded back home, writes Shane Te Pou. So why hasn’t anything been done?
He wants money. More than that, he wants public buy-in, so when the Auckland Council spends this money ratepayers will be happy about it.
Massey University freshwater ecologist Mike Joy says Environment Canterbury's proposals to clean up Canterbury's rivers lack teeth and won't stop the ongoing decline.
A Newshub investigation has found a Chinese company drilled a 170m bore hole on a Christchurch site so it can bottle water for export.
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Government agencies are working together to fully understand and address the issue of PFAS contamination following revelations that traces of the banned substance used in firefighting foam have been found in groundwater near some Defence Force bases.
Hastings district councillors, mayor Sandra Hazlehurst and council staff got more than they bargained for from their first community drinking-water "pop-up box".
The temporary treatment of water in Christchurch will begin from March 26.
A record-breaking 2140 leaks in drinking-water pipes were reported to Wellington City Council in December 2017
BIG changes how Southland’s drinking water supply is managed are likely, Water New Zealand environmental scientist Jim Graham says.
Lessons learned from the Havelock North bore water contamination crisis will be applied to the Western Bay District Council.
Hamilton City Council is holding the door open for a shared water company with Waipa District Council after a potential judicial review of the decision was received by Waipa.
Residents of a small Banks Peninsula village are calling on the Christchurch City Council to build a $2.6 million water scheme so they can safely drink the tap water.
Takapuna Beach's poor water quality issues prompt ocean swim to relocate on Auckland's North Shore
During 2017 the Government undertook a review into the civil defence system in NZ. The results were published in late November last year, and officials are now considering what changes to the Civil Defence and Emergency Management (CDEM) system. Change is afoot and so it’s timely to reflect on the likely direction of travel, since water utilities are a central plank of resilience considerations in emergency management.
Minister for the Environment, David Parker, has signalled that he wants to toughen up water quality standards.
It is only a few small steps and there is a lot more work to do.But it is a step in the right direction.
The University of Canterbury has released a new Masters course Infrastructure Systems - Criticality and Lifelines, to be delivered later this year.
The disputes resolution service for utility companies will now take public enquiries and complaints about water in the Auckland region. Utilities Disputes’ new Water Complaints Scheme gives Watercare customers access to the free, independent and fair service when they have issues that have not been resolved to their satisfaction.
Plastic waste in the ocean is a global problem; some eight million metric tonnes of plastic ends up in the ocean every year.
Havelock North Inquiry Outcomes Seminars Brochure
The recent call for chlorination of all water supplies marks a sad landmark in New Zealand's environmental history. It is the latest in a series of related markers of freshwater pollution. We have reached the point where three quarters of our native freshwater fish species hit the threatened list and passed the point where more than half our rivers became unswimmable.
Wholesale change is coming to New Zealand water supplies if the Havelock North drinking water inquiry has its way, and southern councils are worried about the costs to their water assets.
Water New Zealand environmental scientist Jim Graham and technical manager Noel Roberts were in Invercargill on Tuesday to explain the recommendations from the inquiry to southern council representatives.
The latest report on the state of the waterways in the Horizons region show interventions are contributing to water quality improvements.
Water New Zealand is kicking off a project in 2018 that will explore these challenges and develop a strategy and plan of action for resolving them.
Now that she's tamed the fearsome Titewhai, and brought peace to the battlefields of Waitangi, here's one final challenge for miracle-worker Jacinda. Bring drinking water fountains to New Zealand's playgrounds and parks.
There’s been an overwhelming response to a series of seminars around the country on the future of water delivery in this country following the Havelock North inquiry.
Standards NZ have received notification from ISO about a proposed NWIP in relation to ‘community scale resource oriented sanitation treatment systems’.
Christchurch City Councillors have made the right decision today to chlorinate the city’s water supply.
Water New Zealand Technical Manager Noel Roberts says chlorination is the most cost-effective means of minimising the risk of public illness as a result of water contamination and should be seen as the last barrier of protection.
A water engineer says the treatment of drinking water isn't a local issue anymore and should be addressed - and paid for - at a national level. His call comes as Christchurch city council votes on whether to chlorinate its water supply temporarily - and Timaru is considering a permanent move for some supplies - if it can get the money.
Water New Zealand strongly supports the call for Christchurch’s water to be chlorinated.
Technical manager Noel Roberts says untreated ground water cannot be guaranteed to be safe and councils that do not treat drinking water are taking a risk with the health and safety of their communities.
Christchurch's drinking water should be temporarily chlorinated after it was found the city's wells may be in danger of contamination, Canterbury's public health boss recommended.
This follows two reports from Niwa, warning the country tends to react to events rather than prepare for them.
Local Government New Zealand president and Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull told Nine to Noon many councils were unprepared and would not have the money to cope with erosion risk in their communities.
Christchurch City Council will get an update on how staff are responding to the Havelock North drinking water inquiry that set up a raft of recommendations to improve the nation's inadequate water supply.
Water meters may be on the cards for the Timaru District with the release of the area's draft financial strategy.
One street at Flatbush in East Auckland was targeted today, with 13 of the 15 building sites failing to meet environmental standards.
Residents of Waiuku have started a petition about the quality of their water. More than 1000 people signed the petition within 48 hours, which will be delivered to Auckland Council.
The Government is pushing ahead with plans to make freshwater standards stricter in a bid to improve water quality, the Minister for the Environment says.
Preliminary work to create a new national freshwater policy has begun, with formal plans expected to start by the middle of the year.
Fixing our drinking water issues requires bold decisions and leadership by central government. Water New Zealand's CEO John Pfahlert, speaking on RNZ says it's imperative the government moves quickly to avoid another contamination outbreak.
The government is being urged to announce changes to improve drinking water quickly or risk losing support for change.
Water is one of New Zealand’s most precious commodities, yet we’re losing more than 101 billion litres of it every year through leaks and wastage. One of the worst offenders in terms of water wastage is Masterton.
Alistair Hughes decided to go off-grid to save money – but many of his home’s features may soon become necessities as Kiwi households learn to cope with the changing climate.
A 9.1 kilometre cement trunk line at the centre of an asbestos scare in Temuka will be replaced by Easter at a cost of $3.3 million, the Timaru District Council has decided.
Water is one of New Zealand's most precious commodities, yet we're losing more than 101 billion litres of it every year through leaks and wastage.
An investigation has begun into toxic, banned firefighting foam to find out where it's still being used and stored. At the same time, a United States expert is warning that New Zealand's acceptable levels for drinking water contamination from the foam are way too lax.
The updated draft documents are now available for further public comment here. Submissions on this second draft will close at 5pm Friday, 9 March 2018.
The Director General of Health has just released the attached public health statement calling for improvements in drinking water identified in the Havelock North Drinking Water Inquiry to be actioned.
Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) will begin proactively disinfecting all water supplies under its control before Christmas.
Work is under way to ensure Manawatu's drinking water supplies are up to scratch, after the debilitating Havelock North gastro outbreak.
Queenstown Lakes District Council has begun chlorinating the water in the region
Hamilton City Council Media Release
In the wake of the Havelock North mass poisoning inquiry, you do have to despair at what the democratic system can throw up — if I can use such an expression at this time.
We have been advised the progress results for the Wairarapa poll on a combined new Wairarapa District Council are sufficiently clear to call a result: Wairarapa electors have voted against the proposal.
I’m attaching our media release and the progress results form from Electionz.com.
The findings and recommendations of stage 2 of the Havelock North water contamination inquiry released this December jolted many New Zealanders out of their 100 per cent pure misconception about groundwater quality.
Waikato District Health Board has lost its drinking water accreditation.
In it you will find a spotlight on research the National Science Challenge, The Deep South is doing and there are clear links to land treatment in NZ.
Hundreds of thousands of people in New Zealand drink untreated water, a practice international experts say is "unacceptably risky".
December 7, 2017: Connexis are pleased to announce that enrolments into the new water treatment plant operator training programmes will open in February 2018.
The Government will ban the sale and manufacture of plastic microbeads, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today.
Fallout from the Havelock North Drinking Water Inquiry continues as the Government considers a raft of recommendations to deal with our inadequate drinking water system.
Water New Zealand is urging the Government to implement the recommendations of the Havelock North Drinking Water Inquiry without delay.
The Havelock North Drinking Water Inquiry panel has released its Stage 2 Report.
The highly anticipated final report of the Havelock North drinking water inquiry is due to be released this week
Will the government’s proposed export water bottle tax cause trade headaches?
Napier residents’ water consumption nearly twice the national average.
Minister for the Environment David Parker and Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage today welcomed Cabinet approval of the regulations banning microbeads.
The latest edition of NZUAG News, edition 11, is now available.
The WASH Koro Project has released a series of practical KoroSan guidelines to support uptake of improved sanitation services in Fijian villages and settlements.
The Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2017 will come into force on Friday 1 December 2017, along with a number of corrections and minor amendments to clarify the intent of certain provisions.
Worksafe are reminding businesses and property owners that a negligent approach to removing asbestos not only puts you at risk, but also those around you.
New Zealand civil engineer, Alastair Barnett has recently been elected to full membership of the Flood Risk Management Technical Committee of the International Association for Hydro- Environment Engineering and Research.
Almost one-third of drinking water supply in the Manawatu needs immediate work to fix potential risks to public health, an independent report has found.
Less than half of utilities are required to take action after a cross-connection contamination event has occurred, according to respondents to AWWA’s first-ever backflow prevention survey.
In February 2018, Water New Zealand will be delivering a series of seminars on the outcomes of the Havelock North Inquiry.
As an outcome from the National Pipe database project, five Water Entities have taken on the challenge of applying the metadata standards to their asset databases.
MCDEM is partnering with other authorised agencies – New Zealand Police, Ministry for Primary Industries, Ministry of Health, Civil Defence Emergency Management Groups and Fire and Emergency New Zealand– to use the Emergency Mobile Alerts to alert people if their lives, property or health are at serious risk.
A Maori-owned farming business has taken a leading role in raising the benchmark in terms of effluent disposal on its 13 Taranaki dairy farms.
Coastal flooding and tidal surges are expected to be more frequent and fierce in the decades ahead, undermining the foothold of many coast communities.
OPINION: Twenty-five thousand property owners will have to consider the implications for their homes and investments after an updated report was released on how rising sea levels will affect Christchurch.
Local Government New Zealand says funding growth infrastructure is the highest priority for councils and welcomes the Government’s plans to review local government costs and revenue.
Water New Zealand has uploaded research papers on water use/water demand to the Water Efficiency & Conservation Network Group webpage.
Public consultation on two documents about precast concrete work is open and communications around upcoming Hazardous Substances Regulations.
The Water Leadership Institute program is aimed at educating, training, and providing opportunities that enable developing and emerging leaders to build strong lasting relationships within the water industry.
Water New Zealand is seeking feedback on the draft Submission for Water New Zealand on the Proposed Waikato Shared Waters Management Company.
The challenges communities face in adapting to climate change are highlighted in a new report assessing the coastal hazards across Christchurch and Banks Peninsula.
Nearly 200 of the Wellington region's stopbanks and floodgates are in a poor or very poor condition, with some at imminent threat of collapse.
Too much, too little, or coming in where it's not welcome -- water is the number one issue keeping the country's local councils awake at night.
Please remember to keep us up to date with any changes to your contact details.
Water NZ is a member of the National Lifelines Council and attended and presented at this forum.
Auckland Council has just completed “value for money” review of the benefits of combining Auckland Councils Stormwater services with those of Watercare.
Combining the Auckland Council's water company with its in-house drainage operation could save $30 million a year.
The Office of the Auditor-General has published a new report, Introducing our work programme – Water management.
New research into the effects of climate change says New Zealand's drainage systems need a major and expensive upgrade if they're to cope.
This research is motivated by concern over the increase in population which also increases demand for water. Wastewater is the only source of alternative water that grows as population increases.
Water New Zealand says a new report has highlighted the serious risk our infrastructure is facing because of climate change.
Farmers are relieved that science - rather than politics - will decide whether agriculture should be included in the Emissions Trading Scheme.
Water New Zealand says a new report has highlighted the serious risk our infrastructure is facing because of climate change.
The water system of England and Wales was privatised under the administration of Margaret Thatcher in 1989. However, attempts to do the same in Scotland were met with significant opposition, and the utilities were ultimately centralised and kept in public hands.
We think of climate change as a gargantuan global crisis that will transform our environment in ways we can barely begin to imagine.
The Royal Society has released a new report on climate change that looks at the human health impacts in NZ across a range of factors.
Waipa District and Hamilton City Councils have released a Statement of Proposal to form a Shared Water Management Company (a non-asset owning Council Controlled Organisation) to manage drinking water, wastewater and stormwater services on behalf of both councils.
Water New Zealand Chief Executive John Pfahlert says he’s not surprised that the government has dropped its controversial water tax on irrigators but has left a royalty on water bottlers.
However, he says it’s unfortunate that the government has made these policy changes in the absence of a wider, and more important, discussion about water pricing.
Keep up to date with what Water New Zealand has been doing over recent weeks.
The National Environmental Monitoring Standard (NEMS) – Water Quality is available for feedback and comments.
You are invited to take part in a research survey regarding the collaboration of urban site design teams (architects, landscape architects, engineers, planners etc.) in the design of sustainable stormwater management systems.
A look at the effect that rising sea levels will have on our communities and the infrastructure that holds them together. Report by the Herald's science reporter.
Fears of nitrates potentially causing "blue baby syndrome" have prompted the South Canterbury District Health board to tell families, and particularly pregnant women, to check their water is safe if they are using a private bore.
Auckland Council is looking to spend a further $600 million to reduce diluted sewage pouring into Waitemata Harbour and onto inner city beaches nearly every time it rains.
Increased irrigation in Canterbury is putting newborn babies at increased risk from water contamination, a medical officer of health says.
This is a general update to keep interested parties abreast of progress with the Pipe Renewals Guidance Programme
Water New Zealand's recent conference papers, presentations and journals are now available online.
A water bottling company has withdrawn its application to take 6.9 million litres of water a day from Putaruru's Blue Spring to send overseas.
NZ Pure Blue Springs Limited told the Waikato Regional Council it would withdraw its resource consent application on Tuesday morning, a Waikato Regional Council spokesman said.
The cost of treating Lower Hutt's contaminated water supply has escalated to $11 million, with a 1.5-kilometre pipeline needed to divert water away from the Waterloo treatment plant.
As negotiations continue over which parties will form the next government, it is clear the environment – particularly water quality - has become one of the major policy issues to tackle.
Farmers trying to lift the water quality of rivers might get help from a nitrate wall proposed to go into Silverstream Reserve near Kaiapoi to lower the steam's high nitrate levels.
Fencing of waterways has proven very effective where it has been used to combat the risks of contamination from agriculture, AgResearch says.
Most of New Zealand's river pollution comes from streams that would be exempt from waterway fencing rules, new research shows.
The New Zealand Lifelines Council has now completed the attached report ‘New Zealand Lifelines Infrastructure Vulnerability Assessment: Stage 1 September 2017’ which provides a summary of New Zealand’s national lifelines infrastructure and vulnerability to hazards.
Water New Zealand has been working with the Deep South Challenge to help facilitate better understanding in our communities around the potential impacts of climate change on New Zealand’s water infrastructure.
Fish & Game NZ's chief executive Bryce Johnson says politicians should take note of Water New Zealand's survey which found that 73 percent of New Zealanders are concerned about water quality.
A report revealing that Havelock North’s water contamination outbreak has cost around $21million shows that effective water treatment makes economic sense.
Water New Zealand CEO John Pfahlert says it cost just $1million to install a water treatment plant for the Havelock North community following the outbreak.
Understanding and improving our waterways requires high quality information and communities can now access the latest on their rivers, lakes and streams thanks to fresh data available today.
A visiting Canadian water scientist says he is at a loss to understand why all drinking water in New Zealand is not treated to avoid the risk of illness.
A nationwide survey has revealed that the majority of New Zealanders are concerned about pollution and the impacts of climate change and intensive agriculture on water quality.
The survey, undertaken by Water New Zealand, also found that most New Zealanders want to see charging for water extraction, particularly by water bottlers and other commercial interests as well as the agricultural sector.
Drinking water suppliers have been told they are taking a big risk with the health of their communities if they do not treat drinking water for possible contamination.
Visiting water contamination expert, Dr Steve Hrudey from the University of Alberta told an audience at the Water New Zealand Drinking Water Workshop in Hamilton that the Havelock North contamination was caused by a number of systemic failures.
Important information for the upcoming Annual General Meeting.
One of the world's leading water contamination experts says New Zealand is vulnerable to another drinking water crisis because of a lack of chlorination.
To facilitate our vision of “Safe Water for a Healthy Nation”, we are looking to form an agreement with a water utility partner to work in collaboration with us to support our staff in building capacity and increasing technical skills and competencies, contributing to the creation of a sustainable organization that can deliver on its full range of commitments and projects.
Water is one of the hot topics this election, and is becoming one of the issues of our time.
From quantity to quality, rights to royalties, seldom it seems has this substance — that is fundamental to life and leisure in New Zealand — been so fiercely debated.
Good publicity, collaboration and support are vital for farmer involvement in cleaning up waterways, a report on the Rere water quality project has found.
Four Otago rivers have been described as ''lost rivers'' by a national fishing group, which says they are now unable to be fished because of water quality and flow issues.
This is an update on the development of Metadata Standards for the three waters network.
It's too little, too late from the government on rising sea levels, an expert says after a leaked report, and councils are having to bear the brunt.
International evidence can help provide lessons from last year's water contamination at Havelock North, writes John Pfahlert.
What to do about the alarming state of New Zealand's lakes and rivers has predictably dominated the environment space in the run-up to this election.
The Ministry of Health have been allocated an additional slot at the Water New Zealand Conference to cover a range of topics arising out of the Havelock North Inquiry.
Members who operate in the Waikato region may be interested in a series of technical specifications currently out for comment, and others in the pipeline.
This is an important dataset for New Zealand, and through a pilot project where they worked with several regional councils to make data for their regions freely available from the LINZ Data Service for reuse.
Researchers at BRANZ are currently exploring the human factors behind the construction and infrastructure industry's willingness or otherwise to adopt new practices.
A poll by the NZ Herald newspaper supports earlier findings of a survey by Water New Zealand showing that the majority of New Zealanders are in favour of charging for water extraction.
Safe, clean drinking water is essential to public health and a core service of local authorities, but not all parts of New Zealand enjoy the luxury of being certain their water won't make them sick.
A new Ministry of Health report shows more than 80,000 New Zealanders are receiving publicly-supplied water that has failed bacteria standards.
Publicly supplied water for more than 80,000 people in New Zealand has failed on bacteria standards, an official review shows.
Labour’s water charge plan isn’t perfect, say commentators, but it’s an important step down the road to equitable use of a public asset. Dave Hansford reports.
An application to pump water from a Waikato spring for bottling will require consent from Raukawa iwi, the Waikato District Council (WDC) has decided.
Nine out of ten New Zealanders believe that there should be a charge for extracting water from the environment for bottled water and similar industries, according to a recent survey by Water New Zealand.
The New Zealand Water Consumer Survey 2017 received nearly 5000 respondents and is the first nationwide examination of New Zealanders’ attitudes to a wide range of issues associated with water.
“Every year we run these awards because the conference provides a great opportunity for our members to show our appreciation of the work of our colleagues and the professionalism of the water sector,” says Water New Zealand Chief Executive John Pfahlert.
A Chinese-owned company has applied to draw up to 580 million litres of water a year from the pristine Otakiri Springs, near Whakatane, to bottle and ship overseas.
Access to clean drinking water is a basic right. Most of us have taken it for granted most of our lives. We expect to be able to turn on the tap and have pure, drinkable water flow out.
New Zealand's clean, green brand may have taken a hit internationally after the Havelock North water crisis last year.
As well as striking down more than 5000 residents, and being New Zealand's largest outbreak of water-borne disease, the Havelock North gastro outbreak raised questions, and threw doubt on the security of drinking water - not just in Hastings, but across the country.
Water chlorination has saved hundreds of thousands of lives globally and should not be a debate in New Zealand, scientists say.
Chlorine has been used to disinfect water supplies around the world for more than 100 years but is not mandatory in New Zealand and many water supplies are untreated.
Oxfam has taken the popular water challenge to another level - experience Operation Oxfam! Disasters don't discriminate. They can happen at any time, to anyone. Would you be prepared?
9 August 2017
Revised Freshwater Policy Will Help Improve New Zealand’s Freshwater Management
The government has taken an important step in improving New Zealand’s freshwater management in the revised National Policy Statement on Freshwater Management (NPS-FM).
New Zealand's compliance with drinking water standards is poor compared with the UK and European countries, and an independent regulator would assist in improving water quality, the Havelock North water inquiry has heard.
9 August 2017
Water New Zealand says the Labour Party’s proposal to fund regional councils to improve water quality through a royalty on commercial users could help provide local communities with better resources needed to restore waterways.
The majority of experts giving evidence at the Havelock North water contamination inquiry say drinking water needs to be treated to avoid contamination.
The group of five were asked to give their opinion on a range of issues at the second stage of the inquiry, which began in the Hastings District Court.
A water expert has told the Government inquiry into New Zealand's drinking water that
councils should be prosecuted for contaminations.
The outbreak last year made some 5500 of the Village's 14000 residents ill with campylobacteriosis, while putting 45 in hospital and has been linked to three deaths.
Labour party leader Jacinda Ardern says there needs to be consistency about how natural resources are treated ahead of an expected water bottling levy announcement.
Ms Ardern told the AM Show that there needs to be remuneration for water used for profit.
Bottling companies are hitting back at what it they call "unfair targeting of individual industries", as Labour gears up to announce it'll charge a levy to water bottling companies.
Newshub has learned Jacinda Ardern will announce her first major environmental policy on Wednesday, which will include a levy on water bottlers.
Water New Zealand is recommending to the Havelock North Drinking Water Inquiry that the Government establishes a mandatory system of qualifications, competency assessment and continuing professional development for operators, supervisors and managers who operate water treatment plants.
The Government has announced an inquiry into 3 waters lead by the Department of Internal Affairs.
Most New Zealanders want to see a levy placed on water extracted by water bottling companies. Water New Zealand CEO, John Pfahlert says this would require a change in the legislation, raising the question of who owns the water.
Water New Zealand submission on the Proposed National Planning Standards
Connexis is launching an Infrastructure Workforce Jobsite!
The IPENZ/Water New Zealand Rivers Group has new contestable funding opportunities available.
A top water engineer says Havelock North's water contamination inquiry should lead to fundamental reform of New Zealand's drinking water regulation. A central question the inquiry is seeking to answer is whether groundwater can ever be considered safe for drinking without some form of treatment.
Napier’s previously untreated drinking water will remain chlorinated for at least the next three months as the city loses its "secure bore" status.
A regionwide plan to protect Hawke's Bay's drinking water received its first tick yesterday.
Authorities have privately discussed the possibility that aquifers supplying Christchurch's pure drinking water may become contaminated with nitrates from intensive agriculture.
Water New Zealand members are encouraged to consider nominations for the Ronald Hicks Memorial Award.
A specialist workforce from 14 countries is racing against the clock on a project to stop sewage polluting Tauranga Harbour in big storms.
This submission is from the Engineering Leadership Forum providing comment to the Civil Defence Emergency Management Review.
DairyNZ boss Tim Mackle believes the industry can lift its game, remain confident and maintain the country’s clean, green image, writes We don’t want to see more dairy in New Zealand if it harms the environment.
Water New Zealand is seeking feedback on the draft submission for Water New Zealand on the proposed National Planning Standards.
Water New Zealand has recently completed the Water Metering of Customers on Reticulated Supplies Good Practice Guide
Water New Zealand has recently completed the National Guidelines for Occupational Health and Safety in the NZ Water Industry document.
OPINION: The latest calls from Greens and Labour for a water tax acknowledge it would need to be applied in a 'fair' way, but I wonder if they understand just how difficult to nigh on impossible that would be to achieve.
Hastings District Council has appointed Napier Port chief executive Garth Cowie as external chairperson to lead the change programme for water services operations within Council.
Seven months on from last year’s earthquake, many Kaikoura residents are still without clean drinking water.
A total of 165 wells were sampled as part of the 2014 national survey of pesticides in groundwater, a survey that is conducted on a four-yearly basis.
Engineering e2e is undertaking research to understand more about potential barriers to recruiting engineers.
Leaving Christchurch's water untreated is a "high-risk strategy" that could lead to tens of thousands of people quickly becoming sick, the Havelock North water investigation has been told.
A Chinese couple trying to stop a new stormwater connection running under their property say the pipeline is bad Feng shui.
The Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2017 have been finalised and made publicly available on the Legislation website. They will come into force on 1 December.
The Board of Water New Zealand proposes the development of the system of Certification as described in this paper for those involved in the water treatment and wastewater sectors.
A new Waikato Regional Council freshwater strategy designed to tackle significant pressures on water availability and quality in the region has been signed off by councillors.
Napier residents face an average rates hike of 5 per cent from July with a fifth of the increase earmarked to improve the city’s drinking water supply.
An algae that produces a brown, snot-like slime has been found in at least a dozen South Island lakes, including some of the country’s most pristine.
A group of Geraldine farmers are asking a water zone committee to consider bringing in alpine water to farms in the area, to help both agriculture and the region's waterways
‘If you take the view that in 100 years Westport is more likely to be located to the south side of the Buller River then our water supply . . . would not meet that need.’’ Cr Phil Rutherford
Parties across the political spectrum agree bottling companies should pay for the water they take but the Government is sitting on the fence.
Parties across the political spectrum agree bottling companies should pay for the water they take but the Government is sitting on the fence.
Gareth Morgan wants to charge commercial users of water for every litre they use - even farmers.
5. JAMES SHAW (Co-Leader—Green) to the Prime Minister: Why did he say that “we accept there is growing public concern” over bottling and exporting water for profit, and when will he address that concern by putting a charge on water bottling?
This Summary of Findings document outlines a series of areas where forum attendees identified there was a need for further work according to the five main themes of the forum – strategic directions, economics of resilience, smarter land use, resilient buildings, and resilient infrastructure.
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.
Water New Zealand is calling for formal collaboration in the drinking water sector to help avoid another contamination crisis.
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.
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.
Federated Farmers is seeking a ''targeted catchment approach'' to addressing water quality, where sustainable economic growth could be achieved alongside environmental goals.
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.
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.
New Zealand’s infrastructure is at a crossroads and needs to be a key focus in the upcoming election, Local Government New Zealand says.
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.
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.
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.
This latest report from Infrastructure NZ reports on a recent study tour to Scotland by Infrastructure NZ and lessons for NZ.
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.
Changes are in the pipeline for anyone working on or connecting to Auckland’s public water and wastewater infrastructure.
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.
Urban stormwater is likely to be the next target in efforts to clean up New Zealand’s waterways.
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.
Members are reminded that their paid subscriptions will renew on 1 July.
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.
MfE is seeking input to the first set of National Planning Standards (the standards).
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.
A Freshwater Symposium hosted by Local Government New Zealand last week showed there is a strong platform for improving freshwater quality in New Zealand.
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.
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.
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.
The Government has set aside $12m in funding to help with the costs of fluoridation, following new legislation that places the power to put fluoride in town water supplies in the hands of District Health Boards.
The Health Committee report on the Health (Fluoridation of Drinking Water) Amendment Bill has been reported back to Parliament. The bill would empower district health boards (DHBs) to decide on fluoridation of drinking water supplies in their area.
The Government, along with local government, is sending out a message that, if New Zealanders want improved water quality, they are going to have to accept higher Council rates – and even higher section and house prices.
Two environmental issues have dominated the news this election year – and both have focused on our waterways. Serious storms and flooding – and the resulting economic costs – have focused attention on the impacts of climate change, while events like the Havelock North Water Inquiry have fuelled ongoing discussion about the state of our waterways.
An Auckland company is claiming to represent the owners of a huge water bottling permit on the West Coast – but the permit owners say they have nothing to do the company.
Alpine Pure, owned by Aucklanders Bruce Nisbett and John Malyon, has told potential overseas buyers it represents the company that owns the biggest water take right in New Zealand.
“Errors” Made by Council Grant Ngāti Tama ki Te Waipounamu Trust Judicial Decision. Tasman Council Ordered to Reconsider Water Consent From Te Waikoropupū Springs.
Local communities are likely to face significantly increased costs to meet water quality standards as a result of the Havelock North water contamination.
New environment and conservation-related funding in the Budget includes $21.3 million for the Battle for Our Birds pest control programme, $4m for climate change policy work, and $1m for an iwi-based fresh water fund.
But the Green Party has slammed the Budget, arguing there is little included to stop pollution of waterways or combat climate change.
This week, the final of the Safe Drinking-water Supplies: Understanding your Risks and Responsibilities workshops were presented by Jim Graham throughout the North Island. Water New Zealand has facilitated 11 workshops throughout the country, with close to 350 attending.
There is a big problem lurking in sewers – one that’s becoming an expensive burden on householders, ratepayers and damaging our environment.
Putting wipes down the toilet can block pipes, which can lead to sewage overflows into homes or creeks. It's likely they can block your sewer pipes leading to a costly plumbing bill.
Farmer-dominated regional councils including Environment Southland have been "bloody useless" in fixing dirty waterways and must up their game or face the axe, Labour Party environment and water spokesman David Parker says.
Water bottling companies are paying an average 500 times less than ratepayers for each litre of water they're allowed to use.
A Herald investigation into water fees set by every regional council around the country found bottlers were charged an average $0.003 - or one third of a cent - per cubic metre of water.
Five milllimetres of rain in a day in Auckland is enough to cause parts of the city's wastewater network to overflow, spilling raw sewage into the sea and making beaches unsafe for swimming. NZ Geographic has delved into the water problems in Auckland and looks at some of the potential solutions being talked about.
A New Zealand sustainable water group says the general public has been "completely ignored" in light of final consents being granted for a West Coast water export facility.
The West Coast Regional Council awarded resource consents for Okuru Enterprises to begin construction on a water export facility and pipeline from the edge of Mt Aspiring National Park to Jacksons Bay, south of Haast.
Rotorua residents could begin paying for the water they use if the council considers a proposal put forward by a local associate professor.
The dairy industry's year-three report on its commitment to mitigating the environmental impact of farming shows it has achieved six of 13 goals that were set out in 2013 but hasn't yet made a dent in nitrogen loss, underlining the long-term nature of the task of improving waterways.
Illegal connections from the stormwater to the wastewater system at Mapua are in part to blame for sewage overflows in the growing seaside village, according to Tasman District Council.
The prime minister says people have "high expectations" for clean waterways, but need to understand the complexity of the problem.
Water New Zealand CEO John Pfahlert says the Havelock North contamination could have happened elsewhere and the inquiry points to lessons that water suppliers need to heed.
The Havelock North Water Inquiry’s report into last August’s water contamination highlights a number of failures by all parties charged with the delivery of safe drinking water.
Water New Zealand Chief Executive John Pfahlert says the industry needs to learn from the findings so that a similar contamination event does not occur again.
The Water Services Managers Group has recently commissioned the update of the AC Pipe Manuals. The manuals and associated lifetime prediction model, provide a process to assess the condition and likely remaining life of Asbestos Cement (AC) pressure pipelines, based on real life data from around New Zealand.
Water New Zealand has recently welcomed two new team members, Charlotte Cudby and Pip Donnelly.
The Ministry of the Environment and Statistics NZ have released a national report on the state of New Zealand’s freshwater. Our fresh water 2017, measures the quality of our waterways; water quantity and flows; biodiversity in rivers and lakes; and the cultural health of fresh water.
Water New Zealand is refreshing the associations educational resources on drinking water supplies and stormwater management.
Opinion: Dame Anne Salmond is the Patron of the Te Awaroa: 1000 Rivers project She was the 2013 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year.
As Herald correspondent Frances Dallas said, it's unbelievable that pristine water from springs and aquifers should be given to private companies