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Latest industry update - new water legislation will transform
drinking water safety and delivery - see below. 

Also in this issue of Pipeline; passing of Taumata Arowai - the Water Services Regulator Bill; nominations are open for the Water New Zealand Awards, the latest issue of Water is available online; as well as the latest association updates, industry news, events and job vacancies.

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Latest Updates

Awards 2020

Recognise Excellence in Water

The countdown has begun, and we're gearing up for a big celebration. The Water New Zealand awards programme plays an important role in promoting excellence and the contributions our members make, not only to the industry but also to the community. 

Get your nominations in by 7 August here.

Register to attend and help celebrate the great achievements of this fantastic sector.

Latest Water Journal is out now

Our July/August issue of Water is out now.

Our cover story discusses how testing wastewater could help detect the presence of COVID-19 in a community.

Our Journal features: 

  • Real-time data - freshwater solution
  • Solutions for freshwater - lessons from the Upper Clutha 
  • Talking with an emerging leader - Chris Maguire
  • Wastewater project - innovative pipe relining 
  • Asset modelling through IDS planning

Click here to view the Water Journal. 

Reminder: Please complete the 2020 Annual Membership survey 

The Water New Zealand Annual Membership Survey was sent out to all members via email on Tuesday. Thank you to the more than 300 members who have already completed the survey. If you have not completed the survey please take the time to help us continue to provide you with a great value membership.

If you get your responses in by Friday the 7 August, you will be in the draw to win a free registration to a Water New Zealand conference of your choice (either in 2020 or 2021 - Stormwater or Annual Conference and Expo).

If you haven't received an email or you have any queries please contact Renee.butler@waternz.org.nz

'Game of Thrones' Annual Quiz Night Winners

Our 7th annual 'Game of Thrones' quiz was held last night, and the trophy changed hands! Congratulations to Wave Runners from Tonkin & Taylor who took the 'throne' home this year - awesome work Melissa Fortune, Hannah Jagvik, Emily Wright, Reuben Ferguson and Tung Hoang.

Thank you to all the teams who attended last night, it was a great turn out and we hope everyone had fun. 

Major Milestone towards Safer Drinking Water

Water New Zealand welcomes the passing of the Taumata Arowai – the Water Services Regulator Bill.

Chief executive Gillian Blythe says this is a big step towards ensuring safe drinking water for all New Zealanders and visitors.

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Flood-prone septic tanks post significant health risks

Water New Zealand says effluent leakages from flooding and poorly maintained septic tanks pose a major health risk to the community.

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Industry News

New Water Services Bill for Safe Drinking Water

On Tuesday, the Water Services Bill was tabled in Parliament. This is the complementary bill to the Taumata Arowai – the Water Services Regulator Bill which was passed on Friday last week.

Water New Zealand has released the following press release and a link to the Water Services Bill is attached here for your information.

Three Waters Reform Programme FAQ

The central and local government Steering Committee has put together the following compilation of FAQs to assist councils with an understanding of the proposed reform programme. These will be added to and updated as further questions arise and the reform programme progresses.

Go to the DIA website for the latest information. 

NZTA First Version of Asset Management Data Standard 

The first version of the asset management data standard is being released on 31 July 2020.

The Asset Management Data Standard (AMDS) project is a collaborative project between Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency and the Road Efficiency Group (REG) to improve the management of land transport infrastructure asset information, so we can make the best decisions about New Zealand’s land transport assets – our roads, highways, bridges, cycleways, and what sits on and under them.

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Volunteer with VSA

Provincial Water Sector Adviser (Shefa)

Location: Vanuatu

Engineers without Borders New Zealand (EWBNZ) and VSA are looking for an engineer who is passionate about safe water outcomes and is willing and able to travel to remote locations. The volunteer will work to strengthen the capacity of the Provincial Water Office (PWO) in Shefa and assist them in implementing a Drinking Water Safety and Security Plan (DWSSP).

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New Water Engineering Programme

The University of Canterbury (UC) Master of Civil Engineering has a new water engineering endorsement programme for professionals seeking specialisation in selected water engineering topics.

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Upcoming Events

Next week Stormwater 2020 is adding Online Options

26 - 28 August 

If you cannot be one of the nearly 300 people attending the Stormwater Conference in person, we have options for you. 

Attend the whole conference, attend for a day, or tune in for a session. Attend live or check it out in your own time on demand. Meet sponsors and exhibitors in our virtual spaces. 

Pricing (Online or On-demand – excluding GST)

  • Full Conference Registration - $300.00
  • Day Registration - $160.00
  • Per session - $20.00
  • Keynotes - $50.00

Need an ONLINE or ON-DEMAND corporate package? Please contact us at waternz@avenues.co.nz if you are interested.

Online and On-demand Stormwater 2020 Conference registrations will go on sale next week. 

Young Water Professionals Network Evening

06 August - Auckland

The Water New Zealand Young Water Professionals (YWP) would like to invite all water sector young professionals to our Auckland YWP network evening.

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Taumata Arowai Full Day Workshop 

15 September

Important pre-conference event. This full day workshop is an opportunity to find out more about Taumata Arowai - the approach it will take, how it will operate, the changes that are happening and what you need to know about working in the new regulatory environment.

Go to waternzconference.org.nz for more information and to register 

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Job Vacancies

Christchurch City Council 

Network Operations Engineer (part-time)

To assist us in achieving our strategic priority of ensuring a high quality drinking water supply that is safe and sustainable and to improve environmental outcomes from our management of stormwater and wastewater, we have a vacancy for a Network Operations Engineer.

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