Hi Amy

We’re very disappointed that the Australian Federal Court has ruled in favour of allowing a brand of wipes to be labelled as “flushable”. This is a worldwide problem and the ruling was unfortunate, but it did provide us with another opportunity to get the "don’t flush" message out to New Zealanders - see the news item below.
And to all young water professionals out there - don’t miss your chance to join the mystery challenge at our conference in September.
Speaking of the conference, there’s still time to get awards nominations in - these awards are a fantastic opportunity to acknowledge the great work of our colleagues. So don’t delay!!

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Calling all Water Professionals (young and old)

Water New Zealand Conference – YWP Workshop

Did you attend the Young Water Professionals (YWP) session at the Water New Zealand conference last year? Did you enjoy it? Well, this year we’re back and better than ever.

Our thought-provoking keynote speakers will be challenging attendees to provide innovative solutions to tangible industry issues.  The winning team will be invited to present their solution on 20 September at the Friday morning plenary session.

There will be a catch. There’s always a catch. You’ll just have to be there to find out.

We’re good at organising and keen to hear all your ideas but we’d really like to have an idea of numbers ahead of time. If you could indicate your intention to join us at the 10.30am session on Thursday, 19 September when you register your attendance, that would be appreciated.

If you change your mind on the day, that’s okay too. The more thought power, the better.

Feel free to get in touch ahead of the event, events@waternz.org.nz. Otherwise we will see you there!

The YWP team

Water New Zealand Media Release 

To Flush or Not To Flush: are wet wipes really as 'flushable' as they say?

Technical Manager Noel Roberts featured on Newshub's piece covering the contentious question over whether to flush or not to flush 'flushable' wipes.

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Draft Productivity Commission Report on Local Government Funding and Financing

The Commission has today released their draft report on Local Government Funding and Financing. Chapter 9 of the report has some detailed observations about the 3 waters sector and recommendations about what the Commission thinks is a suitable course of action. The report is open for public comment until 29 August. It’s likely that the Association will make a submission. Members are encouraged to send any views they have on the report to ceo@waternz.org.nz

The Commission's report references a wide variety of other documents. One in particular may be of interest and is available from the office on request. (How funding and financing affects productivity: Implications for three waters reform and for local government funding and financing – prepared for the Commission by Capital Strategic Advisors – June 2019.)

Water New Zealand Awards 2019 Nominations Open

Ronald Hicks Memorial Award sponsored by Mott MacDonald

Nominations are being sought for articles or papers considered significant in solving or clarifying sewage treatment or water pollution problems in New Zealand. 

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Industry News

Ministry of Health Media Release - Publication of Annual Report on Drinking-water Quality

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.
The release of the Annual Report on Drinking-water Quality 2017-18 includes information on individual supplies, providing a better overall picture of water quality and associated risks.

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Enter the ENVIs

Engineering New Zealand has launched their inaugural ENVI Awards. The ENVIs celebrate engineering vision, recognising the most outstanding engineering feats and engineers in New Zealand. Engineers and organisations from all spectrums of the engineering profession are encouraged to enter – they’re looking for things that challenge the norm and have impact on the wider community. With 8 categories to enter there’s something for everyone. Share your brilliance now.

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OAG Annual Plan 2019/20  

The OAG have released their Annual Plan for the 2019/20 year. Of interest to members is the proposed work into risk management by local authorities and progress by Government into implementation of the 17 United Nations sustainable development goals. 

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Upcoming Events

Come join the Canterbury YWP for some mulled wine at our Winter Social and Speaker Night on Wednesday, 24 July. We are lucky enough to be joined by Jan Gregor from ESR and Victoria Clark from Beca who will be sharing their experiences of working with water supply and sanitation in the Pacific Islands.


21 -25 September, Illinois

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Water Security and Climate Change Conference 

28 - 30 October, Mexico

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IWA Aspire 2019 Conference 

31 October - 2 November, Hong Kong 

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ENVI Awards

7 November, Auckland 

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This position will appeal to someone who will revel in the day to day operational management of our Treatment Plants.

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This newly created role is a full time, permanent position that will work alongside our current Trade waste specialist.

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You will be working with a wide range of customers across the region, assessing and providing specialist technical input to our resource consenting, compliance and building teams.

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The Council has one of the most important programmes of work to date underway for our water and wastewater renewals programme. 

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