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It’s time to start thinking about the Water New Zealand awards. You can show your appreciation of your colleagues by nominating them for one of these celebrated achievement prizes. You can even nominate yourself if you think you’re deserving! Over the next few editions of Pipeline we’ll be featuring two of the many awards up for grabs but you can go to the link below to see all of them.

If you’ve updated your Water Safety Plan recently, make sure you register any risks. See more on that below. And finally, don’t forget to send us your favourite water photos. We love seeing them all and there’s a good prize for the winner.

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Latest Updates

Water New Zealand Awards 2019 Nominations Open 

Nomination details for each award can be found here. Closing dates for most nominations is Friday, 9 August 2019.

Beca Young Water Professional of the Year

The Beca Young Water Professional of the Year recognises one young water professional who has made a significant contribution to the water industry and general community, and has demonstrated exceptional achievement in the early stages of his or her career. Water New Zealand encourages member organisations with Young Water Professionals, who are eligible, to submit a nomination and recognise their employees achievements in the industry. 

Find out more. 

Pipeline and Civil Project Award 

The Pipeline & Civil Project Award provides recognition of excellence not only in the delivery of a project but also the contribution of various parties to the final outcome. Members are invited to nominate projects primarily associated with addressing water, wastewater and/or stormwater issues that highlight the projects technical expertise and the service applicants have provided to its clients.

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Left: Clive Rundle, Beca presenting Troy Brockbank the trophy for the 2018 Young Water Professional of the Year 
Right: 2018 Winners of the Pipeline & Civil Project award, the Watercare Mangere WWTP Upgrade team

Possible NZ inclusion in an Australian Passive Grease Trap Standard

Water New Zealand is keen to hear from members if there is an appetite to join Australia in creating a joint AS/NZS standard.

Previous joint standards have had a joining fee of approximately $25k plus NZ participant expenses which have been funded by the industry.

This new standard will provide manufacturing and testing requirements for a Passive Grease Traps which are intended to be used above ground.

The following items are proposed for inclusion:

1. Servicing access requirements

The amount of space to be retained around and above grease traps to allow vehicle and people to access them and perform servicing functions

2. Trafficable and non-trafficable lids

Size, type and strength of lids requirements

3. Performance criteria and testing

4. Structural Integrity

There is a need to ensure the structural integrity of all passive grease traps, in-ground and above ground, in all foreseeable conditions.

If you are interested then please contact Noel.Roberts@waternz.org.nz

Water New Zealand Photo Competition

Last year we had some fantastic entries submitted for our photo competition. A number of these have already been put to good use in our promotional material, in particular many were used throughout our benchmarking report, the National Performance Review. As a result of this success, we are opening up nominations for the 2019 Water New Zealand Photo Competition.

Find out more.

Industry News

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Measuring Emissions Guide from MfE updated

MfE released an updated measuring emissions guide (formerly the guide for voluntary greenhouse gas emissions reporting) earlier this month. Excitedly, it includes emissions factors for water supply and treatment! Note that the figures differ from what is reported in the previous National Performance Review due to updated energy emission factors among other things.

Resilience to Natures Challenges 3 waters Infrastructure work completed to date

This is one of 11 National Science challenges currently in progress by CRI’s and Universities funded by central government. We thought some of our members my find this of interest , for more information please contact Noel Roberts.

View the document here.

Water Safety Plans and Risk Registers

If you have recently updated your Water Safety Plans it is important any high risks identified during the WSP process are included onto the council risk register. It is important that significant WSP risks are recognised and acknowledged by a water supply organisation, rather than just the individuals preparing the WSP or the water supply manager. It also provides an opportunity for senior council staff and councillors to understand the challenges that exist in operating a Drinking Water Supply. 

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Upcoming Events

Water New Zealand Wellington Regional Meeting - "Game of Thrones" Pub Quiz

6 June, Wellington

It’s time to put your thinking caps on again and get together with your colleagues to challenge for the trophy, reconnect with your industry peers and have a night of insightful thinking... and much hilarity.

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Young Water Professional Central North Island Site Visit

6 June, Tauranga

Water New Zealand Young Water Professionals invite you on a visit to the Te Maunga wastewater treatment plant in Tauranga. The plant provides treatment for domestic, commercial and industrial communities from the Mount Maunganui and Papamoa catchments.

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CIWEM's Mentor Training Workshop 

22 May, Hamilton 
24 May, Christchurch 

CIWEM recommends that all candidates wishing to become Chartered as part of their career development should seek the support of a mentor to guide them through the journey.

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Backflow Conference 2019

8 - 9 August, Quality Hotel Elms, Christchurch

Registration is now open. Be in early for early-bird discounts.

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Water New Zealand Annual Conference & Expo

18 - 20 September, Hamilton

Exhibition and Sponsorship opportunities have sold out! Programme planning is underway with a draft programme being released mid-June. 

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Job Vacancies

Stormwater Business Development Engineer 


You will be a Business Development Engineer / Manager who genuinely wants to impact New Zealand waterways by selling engineered stormwater solutions.

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Asset Management Specialist: Mechanical and Electrical 

Tauranga City Council

We are on the hunt for a talented Asset Management Specialist: Mechanical and Electrical to join our Asset Planning and Information team on a permanent basis. 

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Water Services Project Manager 

Timaru District Council

Timaru District Council are looking for a Project Manager who can ensure the delivery of today’s projects whilst planning for tomorrow. This will be a busy and challenging role that requires an organised individual who can juggle multiple projects at once.

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Engineering Officer - Instrument, Electrical and Control 

Christchurch City Council

This role is critical to ensure that all assets are operated and maintained optimally to meet our regulatory, legislative and health and safety requirements.

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Team Leader Network Control

Christchurch City Council

Want to be involved in shaping your City? Here at the Council we know our strength comes from our people, working together as one team to create results.

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Team Leader | Storm & Waste Water Reticulation 

Gisborne District Council

At Gisborne District Council we’re committed to ensuring Tairāwhiti (Gisborne District) is the first choice for people and lifestyle, and for environment, economy and culture.

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Business Development Regional Manager New Zealand

AWMA Water Control Solutions

We are looking for an energetic, technically sound, self-starter, who can thrive in a market leading company to achieve the agreed business goals and continue to grow our New Zealand sales and presence.

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Water/Wastewater Technician 

Waimate District Council

The Waimate District Council are seeking a Water/Wastewater Technician to assist our existing staff operate and maintain six rural water supplies, Waimate township water treatment plant and our wastewater treatment plant.

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