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48 of Wellington's drinking water reservoirs are vulnerable to contamination - report

All of Wellington’s above ground drinking water reservoirs have been assessed as vulnerable to contamination.

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600,000 UK properties face surface water flood risk

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.


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DOC’s Community Environment Fund open

The Department of Conservation (DOC) Community Fund is now open for community conservation groups undertaking critical, grassroots work to support Aotearoa’s biodiversity strategy.

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Award winning campaign to keep wipes out of pipes

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.

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Is a hydrogen-powered future hiding in our wastewater?

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.

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Smart Water initative launched

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.

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NZ’s groundwater still ‘widely vulnerable’ to faecal contamination'

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.

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Chlorination of Selwyn water supplies to continue

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.

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Three Waters to pass through Parliament in time for Christmas

The Leader of the House, Chris Hipkins has confirmed that the Water Services Entities Bill will pass before Christmas

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Experts raise alarm over WHO’s PFAS limits for drinking water

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.


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Safer drinking water for rural communities

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

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Christchurch water fluoridation decision delayed until next year

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.

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Central Interceptor’s micro-Tunnel Boring Machine breaks through for third time

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.

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The battle over NZ’s biggest water take

NZ’s largest hydro power station wrestles with a nationally significant river – and the Environment Court. David Williams reports

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Climate change threatens drinking water, crops, infrastructure

This week, water was one of the topics under discussion at the COP-27 climate summit in Egypt. Water New Zealand chief executive Gillian Blythe says that here in Aotearoa New Zealand, climate change will have a big impact on our water environment and we urgently need a focused whole-of-system approach to water and its connections to wider environmental and social outcomes.

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Need for long term solutions to Three Waters

In a recent blog, Water New Zealand chief executive Gillian Blythe discusses the challenges facing Aotearoa New Zealand’s three waters sector and how we can achieve a long term sustainable approach to Three Waters management.

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Select Committee reports back on Water Services Entities Bill

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.

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New Taumata Arowai CEO

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.

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Auckland could be drinking recycled water by 2040

Watercare will investigate whether recycled water is a viable option for Auckland’s drinking water supply.

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Explained: Three Waters legislation takes another step forward

"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.

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Auckland treatment plant shutdown due to contaminant

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.


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Government support for rural water suppliers

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.

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Dozens of communities at serious flood risk and unprepared - report

A government report has for the first time identified dozens of communities at serious risk of flooding and totally unprepared for it.

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Ensuring safety of rural water supply

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.

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We need to fix our water infrastructure

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.

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Councils failing to fluoridate water correctly

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.

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Water New Zealand Conference & Expo 2022 Highlight Video

Thank you to everyone who joined us in Ōtautahi Christchurch and helped make our major conference this year such a big success!

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Flush taps to protect from lead - ESR

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).

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Time to act is now - Nanaia Mahuta at conference

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.

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Government seeks to offer Three Waters certainty

Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta has pledged to offer the Three Waters sector some certainty, acknowledging staff needed clarity and job security.

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RNZ report - Water New Zealand delegates agree change needed

Delegates to this week's Water New Zealand Conference broadly agree that reform in the sector has been a long time coming.


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The Local Government Minister at Water Conference

The Local Government Minister is pushing to find common ground with new Auckland mayor Wayne Brown over the controversial three waters policy.

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Water issues under the spotlight at major conference

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.

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'Sobering' picture in latest marine report

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.


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Managed retreat from the ‘parasitic’ creep of climate change

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

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Latest trends for coastal and estuarine water quality

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.

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New exterior cleaning Code of Practice

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.

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Nitrates go under the spotlight in Canterbury

Private water supplies could come under greater scrutiny, amid concerns about nitrates in drinking water.

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Micro filtration plant fast-tracked for Timaru as costs increase

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.

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Second Tranche of Drinking Water and Wastewater Network Environmental Performance Measures

Taumata Arowai is consulting on the next phase of drinking water measures as well as the first set of wastewater measures.

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New model shows increased earthquake shaking risks

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.

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Whanganui water bottling plans slammed

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.

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Race to Resilience and Race to Zero Forum concludes with launch of adaptation & resilience breakthroughs and push for new era of climate regulation

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.

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Citizens’ Assembly recommends direct recycled water for Auckland’s future water source

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.

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Eight Iwi and Three Councils’ Partnership Responds to Te Mana o Te Wai in Te Tauihu

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.

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Scientists release monitoring results for 1,727 river and lake sites across New Zealand

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.

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Three Waters on the boil as local elections approach

"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

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Can Wellington's underground urban streams once again see the light?

Beneath our feet is a hidden network of streams. Most have no better than a C grade for water quality.

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Wastewater suggested as next water source for Auckland

A diverse group of Aucklanders tasked with making recommendations around a new water source for the city has presented its findings, suggesting treating wastewater.

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Revealed: the ‘shocking’ levels of toxic lead in Chicago tap water

Tests performed for thousands of Chicago residents found lead, a neurotoxin, in amounts far exceeding the federal standards.