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Welcome to the first Pipeline for 2020! We hope that you have enjoyed the festive season and are looking forward to the year ahead. 

In this issue, you can check out our two recent submissions - one on the Landfill Levy expansion and the other on the Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulation 2017, as well as catch up on industry news, upcoming events and current job vacancies. 

The Climate Change Carbon Zero event is one you do not want to miss - see event details below.

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Latest Updates

Draft Submission on RMA Issues and Options Paper

Water New Zealand is currently drafting a short submission on the RMA Issues and Options Paper. 

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Submission on Landfill Levy

Water New Zealand has made a submission on the Landfill Levy Expansion Consultation 2020. The submission was sent out to the Water Services Managers Group earlier for comment, due to short time frame. 

Review Submission

Climate Change Carbon Zero

11 February | Auckland

Water New Zealand and BECA invite you to the first Climate Change Carbon Zero meeting. You will be hearing from industry leaders who will provide information around what is currently being done and what problems we will face in the future.

Event Details

Australian Bushfire Crisis

Our thoughts go out to anyone who has been affected by the Australian Bush fires. We want to acknowledge the amazing efforts being put in by firefighters, volunteers, and community members who have been providing emergency care and recovery support.

We would also like to recognise the water industry professionals, operators, businesses and associates throughout Australia who have worked tirelessly to maintain essential water and sewer services for affected communities. 

The devastation has highlighted fire contamination risks to drinking water quality. Water Research Australia has put together a Bushfires and the Risks to Drinking Water Quality fact sheet.

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Stormwater Conference 2020

The first draft of the programme is now available. 

Technology Change & the Future of Work

The Productivity Commission recently released a report on technology change and the future of work. 

Review Report  

The Association has drafted a short submission. Input from members is sought. Please send feedback to ceo@waternz.org.nz by 10 February.

Review Submission

Three Waters Review 

The Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) and BECA Limited have revised the 2018 Cost Estimates for Upgrading Water Treatment Plants to Meet Potential Changes to the New Zealand Drinking Water Standards with additional information and have come up with a new cost analysis for water suppliers to meet drinking water compliance. 

Review Report 

Taking care of your On-Site Wastewater Management System

Water New Zealand has produced a guide for owners of septic tanks and onsite wastewater management systems.

View the complete guide to understanding and taking care of your On-site Wastewater Management System for domestic Wastewaters.

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Health and Safety at Work Submission 

Due to the short time frame, Water New Zealand has consulted with Water Service Managers Group and produced a submission on Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2017 (Minor Amendments) on behalf of members.

Review Submission

Industry News

Time for Government to step up on Sea Level Rise

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.

Councils don't have sufficient legal powers, money, or appetite for litigation to do what is needed to prepare - so the government needs to help them, research funded by the Deep South National Science Challenge has concluded. 

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Sea level rise, housing and insurance: Liability and Compensation

A number of Deep South National Science Climate change projects have recently been completed and make for very interesting reading, such as Catherine Lorn's papers of local government liability, policy gaps and opportunity.

Check out the Deep South projects currently in progress that will be of value to the water sector.

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Water, water, everywhere, but for how long?

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.

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$7M Loan to firm up Waiarapa's Water Infrastructure Secured

The prospect of extreme hot, dry temperatures caused by climate change has prompted a multimillion-dollar investment in Wairarapa's water infrastructure.

Read More 

Toxic Algae Bloom will be ongoing 

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Upcoming Events

On-site Wastewater Management Systems Workshop

30 March | Palmerston North

For stakeholders to identify core On-site Wastewater Management Systems issues in New Zealand.

Outcomes will be:

1. a document outlining the OWMS issues as identified by each sector
2. creation of a network of key stakeholders to be involved in future discussions
3. setting the agenda for a second workshop in the future to help address some of the issues.

Event Details 

Water New Zealand Pipe Renewals Seminar

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.

19 Feb | Hamilton

26 Feb | Palmerston North

27 Feb | Wellington

04 Mar | Christchurch

05 Mar | Queenstown 

AWA/IWA Australia- New Zealand YWP Conference

12-13 Mar |  Brisbane 

Held in Brisbane on 12-13 March 2020, the Australian Water Association and International Water Association Young Water Professionals Conference will bring together future leaders of industry, research and government around a central theme of “What's your water story?”.

Event Details

Water New Zealand Modelling Symposium

11-12 Mar | Auckland

Hydraulic and hydrological modelling has been an important analytic tool for several decades. All hydraulic and hydrological modellers, engineers, environmental practitioners, and stakeholders involved in the collection, management, and effective use of information in the fields of stormwater, wastewater, and water supply modelling are encouraged to attend this symposium.

Event Details

National Freshwater Conference

26 Feb | Wellington

Presenters will share ideas about achieving the 25 year goal for improved freshwater quality, protection and allocation.

Event Details

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Job Vacancies

Wastewater Treatment Plant Coordinator 

New Plymouth District Council 

This role involves co-ordinating a team of technicians to ensure the efficient and safe operation and maintenance of the New Plymouth District Council's Wastewater Treatment Plant and pump stations.

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Hydraulic Modeller 

Hydraulic Analysis LTD 

We have an opportunity in our Wellington office for an intermediate/experienced Hydraulic Modeller to join our Wellington stormwater modelling team in delivering a range of interesting projects across the country.

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Activity Engineer

Nelson City Council

Reporting to a General Manager Regional Sewerage and Landfill Services, you will be responsible for leading the development of the Sewerage and Landfill Activity Management Plans.

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Senior Asset Management Consultant 


ProjectMax is seeking a senior person to undertake asset management consultancy work and business development.This is an exciting time with the creation of a new Alliance providing a wide range of services and opportunities.

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Two Project Manager Roles

Masterton District Council 

We have two full-time Project Manager roles which could be filled with a mix of full-time and/or part-time employees to total the full-time equivalent.

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Project Delivery & Assets Manager 

Masterton District Council

The Project Delivery and Assets Manager role has been created to build Masterton District Council’s project, programme and asset management capacity and take us to the next level.

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Operations Manager 

Nelson District Council

We have a new opportunity for an Operations Manager to join our Regional Sewerage and Landfill Services Business Unit.

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