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Happy New Year and welcome to 2019! The team at Water New Zealand hope you had a relaxing and enjoyable break.

Our year is already off to a busy start. This jam-packed edition of Pipeline will help bring you up to date with our latest issues and projects – read about our concerns around revised drinking water standards and our draft submission to the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into local government funding. There’s also a heads-up on our new photo completion, the opportunity to win a free pass to the Asset Management summit in March – and much more! So happy reading.

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Latest Updates

Drinking-water Standards revision concerns

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.

Find out more about Water New Zealand's views here. 

Submission on Health (Drinking Water) Amendment Bill

Water New Zealand has made a submission to the Health Committee on the Health (Drinking Water) Amendment Bill.

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Revised Wastewater Network Modelling Guide now available 

The revised edition of the Water New Zealand Modelling Group National Modelling Guidelines - Wastewater Network Modelling are now available online. 

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Non-Financial Performance Measure Rules Feedback Provided to DIA

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. The suggestions can be viewed here.

The Department has undertaken to update guidance related to the rules and will consider this feedback where it is relevant. Changes to the rules themselves need to be included in the Departments future work plan and this is under consideration.

Draft Submission to the Productivity Commission 

The Government has asked the Productivity Commission to undertake an inquiry into local government funding and financing and, where shortcomings in the current system are identified, to examine options and approaches for improving the system.

The Commission has published an issues paper that describes local government in New Zealand and how funding and financing currently works. It asks questions about current pressure points and ways that councils can manage cost pressures. Interested parties are invited to submit their views on options for future funding and financing tools.

Water New Zealand has produced a submission addressing funding and financing issues as they relate to the 3 waters. Members are invited to view the submission and provide feedback to ceo@waternz.org.nz by 8 February. Alternatively, submissions can be made via the commissions website by 15 February.

Water New Zealand Photo Competition 

Get your cameras ready and keep an eye out for details on the 2019 Water New Zealand Photo Competition. 

Congratulations to our 2018 winner, Martin Scott for his submission of "Fitter in basin - Wastewater Treatment Plank Pukete, Hamilton"

Industry News

Walk for Water challenge 2019

Are you up to the challenge of carrying a 20-litre can of water for six kilometres? Water New Zealand is pleased to support Walk for Water 2019 to help raise funds for clean and accessible water for communities in the developing world.

Nearly one-third of the world’s population do not have the benefit of access to safe drinking water. In parts of Africa and Asia, the burden of fetching water for families falls mainly on women and girls. This means that many carry water - on average 20 litres for six kilometres – every day. As well, contaminated water is estimated to kill at least 30,000 people in the developing world every week – mainly children under five.

The Walk for Water 2019 takes place in Auckland on 22 March as part of World Water Day. It’s being organised by Engineers Without Borders and is open to anyone who wants to give it a go. There’s still plenty of time to join the EWB team to train with like-minded people. Visit the website for more information about how you can help provide safe and accessible drinking water for many communities in need.

Drinking Water Safety Plans Update

The revision of the Water Safety Plan Framework has been completed and has been published on the Ministry’s website.

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Kiwi Clarifier 

Issue 36 - January 2019

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Do you want to know what the Government will do in a Wellington earthquake event? 

Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management are pleased to announce the publication of the Wellington Earthquake National Initial Response Plan (WENIRP).

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10th Edition (Nov 2018) WorkSafe "WES Book" Published On-Line

WorkSafe New Zealand’s 10th Edition of the Workplace Exposure Standards and Biological Exposure Indices Special Guide was published in November 2018.

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Upcoming Events

Registrations now open!

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Registrations now open! 

View the preliminary programme here. 

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Young Water Professional Central North Island Regional Meeting 

1 February, Tauranga

Water New Zealand Young Water Professionals invite you to attend the first regional meeting to be held in the Central North Island.

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Managing Water Loss

26 - 27 February, Auckland 

This event follows on from the Feb 2015 and Feb 2017 2 day water loss events, and is aimed at assisting water suppliers manage water losses from their water supply networks.

View the final draft programme here. 

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Asset Management Summit

19 - 22 March, Wellington

Does your work involve managing water assets? Water New Zealand is offering free registration for one of our members to attend the Liquid Learning Asset Management Summit in Wellington 19-22 March.

The four day summit is aimed at connecting like-minded professionals and highlighting the importance of asset management as a core business tool. It aims to provide to share best practice strategies and drive organisational value through collaboration. Hear about tangible strategies for success through a selection of case studies, expert commentaries, panel sessions and joint presentations.

  • Maximise asset management efficiency
  • Share expert knowledge and innovation
  • Boost technical capabilities
  • Enhance strategies and planning

If this is something you could benefit from, reply to enquiries@waternz.org.nz to go into the draw to win.

Liquid Learning is offering all Water New Zealand members a 10% discount when booking. Use priority code Q1

New Zealand Land Treatment Collective Conference 2019

3 - 5 April, Invercargill

Planning for the NZLTC Conference

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Industrial Waters Conference 2019 

10 - 12 April 2019, Dunedin 

One of the themes for the 2019 conference is around the water reform and by the time the conference starts we will be in a better position to discuss what voice we want to put forward. Along with the water reform, we will be discussing the pitfalls of incorrect treatment processes and the impact of tourism on the wastewater industry.

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IWA Aspire 2019 Conference 

31 October - 2 November 2019, Hong Kong 

Invitation to submit abstracts now open. Find out more here. 

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Job Vacancies

Treatment Technicians 

Hauraki District Council

The main function of this role is to operate and maintain treatment plants and pumping stations in accordance with operational and process requirements, procedures, drinking water standards and consent requirements.

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Specialist – Earth and Streamworks  

Auckland Council

The Earth, Streams and Trees team is part of the Specialist Unit in the Resource Consents Department and is based in the CBD.

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Operations Engineer (Reticulation) 3 Waters and Waste Team 

Waitaki District Council

We're looking for an Operations Engineer (Reticulation) to help us ensure Waitaki District Council's drinking water, stormwater and wastewater reticulation systems are safely, efficiently and effectively operated and maintained.

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Wastewater Treatment Technician 

Tauranga City Council

We are looking for a Wastewater Treatment Technician, who will bring their passion for the environment, excellent team work credentials and can-do attitude to our high performance team.

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Asset Engineer - Three Waters 

Whakatane District Council

The Whakatane District Council is seeking an experienced and highly competent engineer to assist in the delivery of high-quality water, stormwater and wastewater services to our communities.

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