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Don't forget to Vote in the Board Elections - Closing 3 September

In this issue of Pipeline; Annual Conference update, COVID wastewater testing results, 3 waters reform, water sensitive urban design, Māori Language Week posters; as well as the latest association updates, industry news, events and job vacancies.

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Stormwater 2020

A fantastic first day at the Stormwater 2020 Online Conference! Te Radar's water-wit set the tone and the high level of interest in Minister Nanaia Mahuta's keynote speech. There was plenty for New Zealand to take away from Tom Schuler's talk on the ongoing international best practice in the Chesapeake Bay USA. Well done to all the presenters yesterday, not being face-to-face hasn't stopped the engagement.

 If you missed any presentations or workshops you can still register and watch “on-demand”. 

Register Here


The 2020 Stormwater Group Annual General Meeting will be held today at 5:15 pm via Zoom.

During this meeting, James Reddish, our current Stormwater Group Chair, will be announcing the winners of the Stormwater Awards so make sure you tune in. 

Register Here

Water New Zealand Annual Conference & Expo

We want to be able to bring you an amazing and safe face-to-face experience for the Water New Zealand Conference and Expo in Hamilton.

With that in mind, we intend to continue with our plans to hold our Annual Conference and Expo in Hamilton on 16 - 18 September, and the Taumata Arowai pre-conference workshop on Tuesday, 15 September.

Naturally we will continue to monitor announcements from the Government to ensure that alert levels will allow us to go ahead as planned. This means New Zealand will need to have moved to Alert Level 1 where gatherings of more than 100 people can take place.

We appreciate your patience in these uncertain times, and we are optimistic that we will be able to meet face-to-face in September.

Get ready to celebrate Te Wiki o te reo Māori (Māori Language Week)

Waiora Aotearoa (Water New Zealand) is proud to once again tautoko (support) Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week) – 14-20 Mahuru (September) 2020.

Now, for the third year, Waiora Aotearoa has produced a bilingual water-focused poster for you to pin up in your office or by your work station to celebrate this year’s Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori. The theme for this year’s poster is ‘Te Mana o te Wai’. 

Find out More and Download Poster

New 3 Waters Reform Webpage

Water New Zealand has created a webpage to help keep its members up-to-date with the latest information on the Governments Regulatory and 3 Waters Reform.

View webpage & save it as a book mark.


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R E M I N D E R !

Don't forget to Vote in the Board Elections - Closing 3 September

Have a say in the composition of your Board.  Exercise your right to vote!

Vote here.  (Note: this link will only work for members who are logged in to the website.)

Voting for the Water New Zealand Board Elections will close on Thursday, 3 September 2020 at 4.00 pm. 

For your vote to be submitted you must be a current financial Water New Zealand Member. If you have not yet paid for your 2020/21 membership, invoiced in July, please do so before voting.

Members received an email with voting instructions on 20 August.

COVID-19 Delays Flushable Standards Progress

Thanks to the councils that have supported our work in the development of joint Australian/ NZ Flushability Standards.

Covid-19 is taking its toll on the flushability standard. It has taken more than 30 days to get the same batch of various wipe products to testing facilities around the world. This has slowed down testing and caused inevitable delays to the development of a proposed standard. The next meeting is 25 September where we expect to go through the results from the labs on how repeatable the testing process is. It is now expected that the proposed Standard will be released for consultation in November 2020.

Industry News

COVID Wastewater Testing in NZ 

In Parliament, the Minister of Research Science and Innovation, Dr Megan Woods, discussed the latest wastewater testing results for Coronavirus in Auckland.

Full Discussion

Status of Environmental Surveillance for SARS-CoV-2 virus

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has published the Status of Environmental Surveillance for SARS-CoV-2 virus scientific brief. The brief explores potential use cases, considerations, and research needs for this emerging tool for SARS-CoV-2 detection that may be explored in close co-ordination with established public health surveillance for COVID-19.

Note: ESR has been working with IWA and WHO.

Read More 

Apprentice Boost - Eligibility Criteria Update

Apprenticeship Boost is a payment to help employers keep and take on new apprentices. The latest information on who is eligible to receive the apprenticeship boost can be found here.

More than 100 Wastewater Treatment Plants Breaching Consent

New Zealanders collectively flush toilets millions of times each day, and most of them lead to treatment plants that are not complying with their conditions for treating wastewater.

Read More

5 Innovative Water Sensitive Urban Design Initiatives 

Water sensitive urban design (WSUD) mimics the natural water cycle by reusing stormwater in smart urban planning. It’s more than a buzzword — it’s a philosophy that is creating more liveable, resilient cities.

Read More 

Reducing the Impact of Plastic on our Environment

Plastic has many uses in our lives yet it is polluting our land, lakes, rivers, streams and marine environment. The Government wants New Zealand to move away from hard-to-recycle and single-use items. It has two proposals that would help us do that.

The Government seeks feedback on both proposals by 5.00 pm on 4 November 2020.

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Water Bottling Industry to Face Fresh Scrutiny Under Plan to Ban New Ventures 

Councils will work with the Government to clamp down on the controversial water bottling industry amid widespread concerns over sustainability and the “banking” of consents.

Read More

Young Engineers win GHD Internships with Sludge Solution

A bright idea for creating safer and more user-friendly pit latrines in developing countries has earned two University of Sydney engineering students paid internships at GHD.

Read More

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Upcoming Events

Stormwater Modelling Guidelines Workshop

16 September at 2.00 pm - Water New Zealand Annual Conference

96% of Water New Zealand survey respondents said National Stormwater Guidelines would be helpful to them so, at this workshop, the input of attendees will be used to help create a guideline. 

If you want your input to be heard, make sure you attend, whether in person or virtually. 

Register Here

Webinar: CWEA-CASA COVID-19: Wastewater Surveillance

Friday 28 August - 6.00 am NZST

CASA and CWEA are hosting another COVID-19 and Wastewater webinar. Free to all. Their COVID-19 webinars continue with another deep dive into the emerging role of wastewater surveillance. Collecting samples from the sewershed and at the treatment plant can help communities track Coronavirus and gain early-warning signs about potential community spread.

Hear from leading state, national, and international experts about the latest research at Stanford University, in the State of Michigan, and in Spain. We’ll also set aside time where you can ask questions about how your agency can help support wastewater surveillance.

Register Here 

DAM! Drinking Water, Water Storage and Decision-making Despite Uncertainty Seminar

Wednesday, 9 September - 12 Noon

In this seminar, Anita Wreford (Lincoln University) and Wageed Kamish (Tonkin+Taylor) will take you through their research projects, which address different aspects of these issues: making robust decisions about New Zealand's water and drinking water, drought, and climate change.

Register Here 

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Job Vacancies

Bay of Plenty Regional Council 

Regulatory Compliance Officer 

We have an exciting opportunity to join our team as a Regulatory Compliance Officer, specialising in compliance of municipal water supply and associated infrastructure, stormwater discharges and structures (both coastal and river).

Applications close, Sunday, 30 August 2020

Find Out More 

Christchurch City Council

Principal Surface Water Engineer 

We have an opportunity for a Principal Surface Water Engineer to join our team.

Applications close Sunday, 30 August 2020.

Find Out More

Surface Water Planning Engineer

We are looking for a Surface Water Planning Engineer to join our team of technical experts.

Applications close Sunday, 30 August 2020.

Find Out More 

Waipa District Council 

Network Engineer 

We are looking for someone to fill the brand new role of Network Engineer. Our successful candidate will lead a team of three, including a Technical Officer, a Maintenance and Works Planner, and a Senior Reticulation Operator (who in turn leads a team of six Reticulation Operators).

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Whakatāne District Council 

Asset Engineer - Three Waters

This job exists to assist the Team Leader - Three Waters Asset Management and Planning to provide management of water, wastewater and stormwater assets to achieve the Council's strategic objectives.

Find Out More

Wellington Water 

2 x Programme Manager Roles

Two programme manager roles - each role managing one strategic priority. As a programme manager of a strategic priority, you will organise and motivate a programme of activities to deliver a strategic priority. You will work across the company to apply best practice processes and ensure delivery through a collaborative and outcome-focused team response.

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Horowhenua District Council 

3 Waters Asset Management Team Leader 

In this role, you will be responsible for ensuring that the council’s infrastructure interests are protected through effective asset management planning, programmes and systems across all of Council’s 3 Waters infrastructure assets.

Read More

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