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In this issue of Pipeline; check out our latest media releases; read about AWA's recommendations for Employment & Economic water activities; find out more about detecting COVID-19 in wastewater as well as latest association updates, industry news, events and job vacancies.

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Water New Zealand's Latest Media Releases 

Welcoming Funding Boost for Trades & Training 

Water New Zealand says it hopes that the $1.6 billion allocated in last weeks budget to boost trades and training will help address the severe skills shortage in the water sector.

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Three Billion Dollar Infrastructure Boost a Good Start

Water New Zealand says the Government’s Budget plans to allocate another $3 billion to fund “shovel ready” infrastructure projects, on top of the previously allocated $12 billion, is welcomed but lacks detail.

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Virtual coffee catch up sparks Water Webinars

A series of webinars run by Water New Zealand during lockdown proved to be an extremely popular way of keeping members and the wider water sector connected.

The webinars came about after an online “virtual coffee catch up” with 93 members near the start of the lockdown. It became clear that there was a range of topics and issues that the members wanted to know more about.

Popular topics included an update on legislation reform, infrastructure delivery during COVID recovery and water sector training.

We’ve recorded those sessions and they’re available free for members. Non-members can also purchase them for $ 25 + GST each. 

Please contact Renee Butler to view past webinar recordings.

Who will be our lucky Photo Competition winner?

Don't miss your chance to vote for your favourite photo in our Water New Zealand Photo Competition. Voting closes Friday 29 May 2020. We have had some fantastic entries, so please do vote for your favourite! 

Please click on this link to vote.

Industry News

AWA Recommendations for Employment & Economic Activites by the Water Industry

The Australian Water Association (AWA) has developed these recommendations for the consideration of the COVID Working Group on ways to maximise employment and boost economic activities after the COVID-19 restrictions are eased. The recommendations have been produced for consideration by the National COVID-19 Coordination Commission.

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University Research Detecting COVID-19 in Wastewater 

Researchers from the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and Valencia University (UV) have developed a molecular analysis system that can warn of the presence of SARS-CoV-2 (which causes the Covid-19 disease) in a community based on the study of its wastewater.

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Water & COVID-19 FAQ's

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have updated the Water and COVID-19 FAQ's with the following questions:

  • Is the virus that causes COVID-19 found in feces (stool)? 
  • Can the virus that causes COVID-19 spread through sewerage systems? 
  • Should wastewater workers take extra precautions to protect themselves from the virus that causes COVID-19?

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Economic Contribution of Engineering Report

Engineering New Zealand Commissioned a report into the value of engineering to New Zealand, carried out by PwC. It is the first time ever that there is a dollar figure on what engineering contributes to our economy.

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Upcoming Events

Carbon Footprint of Different Wastewater Treatment Plant Configurations Webinar 

16 June

Join this webinar to hear the findings of a brand new study conducted by IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute. The study investigated three different wastewater treatment plant configurations – pre-precipitation, simultaneous precipitation, and biological phosphorus removal – to understand the differences in environmental efficiency in terms of carbon footprint, energy balance, and impact of stricter effluent limits.

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DHI Water Quality Webinar Series

Managing stormwater contamination in urban areas (1/3)

22 July

Stormwater runoff from a wide range of land uses in urban catchments carries a number of pollutants such as heavy metals, nutrients, total suspended solids, and bacteria (e.g. E. coli). Although different Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) systems are useful for improving stormwater quality, a significant gap remains to predict their impact at catchment level. This webinar describes the gap and solutions with relevant case studies.

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Integrated coastal water quality modelling for limit setting process (2/3)

05 August 

Environment regulators need to consider the connectivity between freshwater and coastal waters, and assess catchment load limits in the freshwater domain to protect the values of coastal receiving environments. Goal of uniform load reduction is neither realistic nor cost-effective. This webinar describes how numerical modelling can be used to determine the connectivity and find targeted ways to reduce loading to results in acceptable state of the coastal receiving environment.

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River water quality modelling and management (3/3)

19 August 

River water quality models, which simulate the fate and transport of contaminants under different scenarios, are useful for water resource managers to assess the possible water quality status of rivers under various scenarios. These models can be of three types - empirical black box, conceptual grey box, and numerical white box. This webinar discusses about these three modelling types and how they can be used for operational management.

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Job Vacancies

Wastewater and Stormwater Reticulation Support Officer

Palmerston North City Council 

Are you a guru of all thing’s reticulation? Are you looking for a job where you’re helping to keep the city running smoothly? We’re on the hunt for a Wastewater and Stormwater Reticulation Support Officer.

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