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

In this issue of Pipeline: Stormwater 2021 registrations are now live; call for expressions of interest for conference technical committee; upcoming Water Services Bill webinar; New regulator, Taumata Arowai has provided exposure drafts; as well as the latest association updates, industry news, events and job vacancies.

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Latest Updates

Stormwater Conference Registrations are live

Earlybird rates for Individual and Group packages are now on sale.

Click here to read more about the registrations available. Please get in touch with our team if you have any questions around registering.

We have extended the deadline date for abstract submissions until next Thursday, 28 January. See more on this in the upcoming events section further down.

Expressions of Interest for Conference Technical Committee 

The Water New Zealand Annual Conference and Expo occurs annually in spring and an important component of the conference is the technical programme.

Water New Zealand is seeking expressions of interest from individuals to sit on the Conference Technical Committee for a period of two years from March 2021, so that the Technical Committee has the right expertise to be able to cover breadth of topics which are likely to be covered by the technical programme.

We are looking for a maximum of 15 individuals to join the Technical Committee, of which at least five will be young water professionals. 

Find out more 

Water Services Bill Webinar

Friday 26 February | 10 am  

Water New Zealand invites all its members to join a webinar on 26 Feb to discuss our submission on the Water Services Bill.

As you may be aware, the closing date for submissions is 2 March. We intend to circulate a draft of our submission to members in early February for comment and feedback. This webinar will provide a further opportunity for questions and input ahead of the closing date.

Click here to register ( Members will need to login to register.)

Join us for our virtual coffee catch-ups

Our members' virtual coffee catch-ups, started during lockdown last year, have been so popular that we’ve decided to make them a regular feature for 2021.

They’re a great way for us to informally catch up with members and keep you up to date with the latest happenings. They’re also an opportunity for you to ask questions and tell us what you think.

Register your interest and you’ll receive a confirmation email which will contain all calendar invites for this year's sessions. Don't worry if you can’t attend them all, we’ll be recording them so you can watch later.

The first catch-up is on Thursday 4 February at 10:00 AM 

Register Now (Members will need to login to register)


Flow-3D Hydro

Learn the basics of CFD modelling at one of FLOW-3D HYDRO's online workshops.

Sign up for our online workshops

Low Carbon Pathway Framework Questionnaire

The Water New Zealand Climate Change Group is in the process of developing the first draft of a low carbon pathway for the New Zealand water industry.
As we develop the draft, we would be very interested in your views in a number of areas.  If you are interested in this area, then please complete this questionnaire to help us make sure that the low carbon pathway addresses the needs of the industry.  The low carbon pathway is focused on how the water industry can, in the future, operate as a low or net-zero carbon industry.

Complete Questionaire 

It's photo competition time

Don't forget to send in your favourite water images. Great summer shots are welcome but we love to see photos of projects and people working in the sector.  The winner will be decided by online voting and will receive a free registration to the Water New Zealand Conference & Expo 2021.

Click here to enter and for more information   

Reminder: Competency Framework Survey 

The Water New Zealand Competency Framework describes what people should be able to do and what they need to know to competently undertake their work. The competency framework is a work in progress and should be viewed as the first step in a journey that the water sector in New Zealand is taking to upskill a fit-for-purpose workforce. The Competency Framework is in the development stage and we are interested in your feedback as we develop it further.

Start Survey

Please note that the survey closes 31 January 2021.

The NZ Infrastructure, Water & Environment Directory 2021

Have you confirmed your listing for the 2021 edition of The NZ Infrastructure, Water & Environment Directory? The directory, published in print and online, is a targeted place to have your products and services found. Every member of Water New Zealand receives a copy. Please contact Debbie Laing by Tuesday the 26th of January to be listed. 

advertising@waternz.org.nz, or 0274 550 223.

Industry News

New Drinking Water Standards and Rules - Exposure Drafts

The Water Services Bill sets out the new regulatory framework and divides the current Drinking Water Standards into two parts:

  • The maximum acceptable values (MAVs) will become ‘standards’; and
  • The operational requirements will become the ‘rules’.

The new regulator, Taumata Arowai has provided these exposure drafts to allow utilities to understand and prepare for the proposed new standards and rules.

As well, Taumata Arowai is providing exposure drafts of an acceptable solution for rural and agricultural water supplies, and the methodology that water suppliers can use to calculate the number of consumers served by their supply.

Consultation on these drafts will take place in May 2021, following the completion of the Water Services Bill select committee process.

Sydney Water biomethane deal points to renewable energy future

In an Australian first, Sydney Water will start generating renewable biomethane for the gas grid following a new agreement with energy infrastructure company Jemena.

Source: watersource.awa

Read more 

Pioneering water projects celebrated by Inaugural Lighthouse Awards

Leading organisations that have embraced innovation to protect and enhance water supplies have been recognised for their pioneering work.

Read more

Refill NZ Smart Wai 

Refill NZ launched a social brand of water ‘ Smart wai’ i.e tap water and they asked Ness Quick, local Wellington drag queen to take the waterfront to ask people what they thought. 

Watch Video

Catching Rain where it Falls: Water Management Through Urban Soil Rebuilding

Charles Hegberg, of Ecotone Inc, discusses the role biochar can play in rebuilding urban soils to address stormwater quality and quantity issues.

Watch Video 

Flint water crisis: ex-governor and eight others charged after new inquiry

Nine people have been charged following a new investigation of the Flint water disaster, including the former Michigan governor Rick Snyder and key members of his administration, nearly seven years after the deadly crisis that contaminated an entire community.

Source: theguardian.com

Read More

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Upcoming Events

Stormwater 2021 

Abstract submissions extended

We have extended the deadline date for abstract submissions until next Thursday, 28 January.

Click here for further information around submitting an abstract to be considered for the 2021 Conference Programme.

Innovation Showcase

Submissions for the Innovation Showcase are open now until 5 pm Wednesday, 28 April. Click here for more information around the Innovation Showcase.

Expo site bookings still available

Get in quick to secure your trade exhibition for the 2021 Stormwater Expo, with limited spaces available you will not want to miss out on this opportunity! Click here for more information and to book a space.

Connecting Stormwater Research and Industry Needs - Workshop

3 February | Christchurch

This free workshop will be a starting point for developing a deeper connection between research and industry. There will opportunities to contribute and discuss current research findings.

Click here for more information and to register

SWANS Group workshop

2 March | Wellington

The Water New Zealand Small Wastewater and Natural Systems (SWANS) Group is hosting a workshop on Achieving Effective Communication within the On-Site Wastewater Management Community (OWMC): Starting the Process.

Click here for more information and to register  

Backflow Conference 2021 - Save the Date

4 & 5 August | Lower Hutt 

Further information will be published on our events page in the coming weeks.

Biosolids National Conference 2021 

4 & 5 August | Online & In-Person Hubs

The Australian Water Association (AWA) and Australian & New Zealand Biosolids Partnership (ANZBP) biennial Biosolids Conference will be held from Thursday 4th - Friday 5th March 2021. This conference will examine key developments across areas of the water industry and drive discussion, debates and collaboration which will help set the future direction for these specialisms.Find out more 

Modelling Symposium 2021

10 - 11 March | Christchurch 

Get your tickets before the end of the month to avoid missing the only Modelling Symposium of its kind in New Zealand. All Water New Zealand members receive a great member discount on tickets. 

Get your tickets here

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Job Vacancies

Manager Laboratory

Christchurch City Council 

We are now looking for a self-motivated, customer focused individual to join the Operations team as our Laboratory Manager within the Three Waters and Waste unit.

Water Treatment Technician

Timaru District Council

Timaru District Council is on the lookout for a Water Treatment Technician to join our Water Treatment team at the Claremont Reservoir.

Project Manager 

To Tatou Vai

To Tatou Vai Ltd (TTV) are looking for a Project Manager to join their team.

Applications close tomorrow ( 22 January 2021) at 4 pm

Senior Wastewater Engineer 

South Waikato District Council 

South Waikato District Council is currently seeking a Senior Wastewater Engineer who is passionate, self-motivated and keen to make a real difference to the community

Compliance Officer 

Hauraki District Council

The role of Compliance Officer is a new role within our Service Delivery Group and we are looking for someone who can monitor and report on activities and manage information to report on performance against environmental standards, resource consent requirements and Drinking Water Standards of NZ

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