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In this issue of Pipeline: join us for a virtual coffee Q/A session; your perfect guide to PPE; preparation for dropping down to alert level 3; as well as the latest updates on COVID-19, industry news, events and job vacancies. 

Remember to keep an eye on our website for updates on COVID-19 and the water sector. 

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Latest Updates

Virtual Coffee Catch Up

Wednesday 29th April - 9 am

We would like to invite all Water New Zealand Members to join us for a virtual coffee catch up.

Given the changing environment and exceptional circumstances surrounding COVID-19, we would like the opportunity to chat with you first hand and learn about the impacts you are experiencing and how Water New Zealand can help.


New Zealand COVID-19 Construction Protocols

These protocols and attachments are to be read in conjunction with the COVID-19 – Standard for New Zealand Construction Operations and reflect how the requirements in the standard may be achieved. Individual businesses and operations may need to adapt the protocols to their specific circumstances but the overall intent of the standard should still be applied in all cases.

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Your Guide to Perfect PPE

CHASNZ and The New Zealand Construction Industry Council (NZCIC) have teamed up to provide you with a document on how to safely put on and take off your PPE equipment on site. Make sure you’re following Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements by following these steps. This poster can be printed for use at your place of business.

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Preparation for heading into Alert Level 3

Watercare and Wellington Water have prepared a document on the proposed changes for work areas, as the country heads into alert level 3 next week.  All work areas should only progress if they can do so safely in the COVID-19 environment and appropriate safe operating protocols are in place,

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Voting is open for the Water New Zealand Photo Competition 

We had over 50 submissions, capturing water in all its value and now it is up to you to decide who the winner is! The winner will receive a free registration to Water New Zealand's Annual Conference & Expo, an event not to be missed in the water sector.

Get voting for your favourite entries now 

Voting closes Friday, 29 May 2020. 

Canterbury Young Water Professionals, You are Wanted! 

The Water New Zealand Canterbury Young Professionals Committee is looking for three new passionate professionals to join the committee. The committee organises a range of social and technical events for young professionals working in the water industry.

We want to hear your new ideas & opinions, to assist with upcoming event planning. It is important that committee members cover a range of employment organisations and technical areas of expertise.

If you would like to apply to join the committee then please email lisa.mace@beca.com and answer the following questions

  1. Why do you want to join the committee?
  2. Where do you work?
  3. What is your area of expertise within the water sector?
  4. Anything else to add?

Ensuring the Safety of your Building Water System Post COVID-19 

As COVID-19 Alert levels drop, it is important to ensure the safety of your building water systems before occupancy resumes. The key message is to flush water through all points of use within buildings which have been unoccupied during the COVID-19 lockdown.

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Water New Zealand is now a Trade Association member of Site Safe

Water New Zealand is very excited to be a part of Site Safe, a national body committed to improving & promoting a culture of health & safety in New Zealand. With regular updates on important health and safety information and news, Water New Zealand will be able to keep our members well informed. 

Industry News

Freshwater 2020 Report Released

The Ministry for the Environment and Statistics NZ have released the latest report on the state of the freshwater environment. Our Freshwater 2020 builds on previous reports on the state of New Zealand’s freshwater and identifies pressing issues as a result of human activities and the effect of climate change.

Read the Full Report or Summary Here

Assistance for economic recovery following COVID-19

The Climate Change Commission has offered its assistance to the Government as it plans for economic recovery following the Covid-19 pandemic.

This advice is in the form of six principles that can be used to guide a stimulus that creates jobs, ensures economic growth and keeps New Zealand on track to achieving its climate goals.

The advice has been sent to Climate Change Minister James Shaw in the form of a letter that can be found here.

WorkSafe NZ Workplace Exposure Standards & Biological Exposure

WorkSafe is proposing changes to the Workplace Exposure Standards (WES) of 18 substances and the Biological Exposure Indices (BEI) of 4 substances.

For details including the review documents, instructions, deadlines, explanations on WES and BEI - Click Here.

If you would like Water New Zealand to submit a national feedback/submission response please contact John Mackie at ceo@waternz.org.nz 

What PCBUs Need to do Before Returning to Work

More businesses can start operating again under Alert Level Three on 28 April, however, they must take health and safety measures to keep their workers safe

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New Zealand Land Treatment Collective Latest Newsletter 

The NZLTC newsletter contains multiple articles on the latest COVID-19 research and implications for wastewater.

A highly recommended read is an update from Prof. Sally Brown (Northwest Biosolids) Washington University, on the latest (as of 13 April) research related to wastewater and COVID-19. 

If you would like the full papers of any of the articles please get in touch with bronwyn.humphries@esr.cri.nz

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Upcoming Events

NZIOB Webinar: COVID-19 - Review and Remobilisation 

24 April  - 1pm 

Join Janine Stewart and Stephen Price in another interactive session where we will explore:

1. Review and progress on key issues over lockdown

2. Remobilisation: The sector has joined forces to remobilise – but construction sites will be far from “back to normal"

For further details click here.

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Job Vacancies

Spotless (Burnham) 

Water & Wastewater Operator 

The purpose of the Water Operator is to support the Maintenance Supervisor in ensuring that the operational and legislative compliance requirements of the Sewage Treatment, Water Treatment, Bores and Swimming Pools (where relevant) are met through carrying out daily tasks as directed by the Maintenance Supervisor and our Scheduled Maintenance Plan. 

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Christchurch City Council 

Contract Supervisor Reticulation & Maintenance 

An opportunity has arisen for a skilled and enthusiastic person to join a dynamic team responsible for the delivery of the maintenance contract for the City's wastewater network.

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Senior Advisor Reticulation & Maintenance

Our Three Waters and Waste unit is responsible for developing and implementing the management and maintenance of the city's water, stormwater and wastewater reticulation including treatment systems and the city's solid waste strategy and services.

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Dunedin City Council 

Plant Operations Manager 

This Senior Management role is responsible for the effective operation and maintenance of Dunedin City’s various Water Treatment and Wastewater Treatment Plants to meet required service levels and regulatory requirements.

Applications close 24 April 2020.

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Hauraki District Council

Utilities Reticulation Specialist Serviceperson

Here is your opportunity to make a real difference in the community, working for Local Government to deliver the essential services that make New Zealand a great place to live.

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Asset Manager

The newly created role of Asset Manager has become available in Rotorua where you will have the opportunity to build and lead a new asset management team.

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