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Hope you’re enjoying these balmy summer weeks. We’ve confirmed the dates for our biggest event – the 2021 Water New Zealand Conference & Expo, and there’s still time to get earlybird rates for Stormwater in Tauranga.

Our draft submission on the Water Services Bill is almost complete and we’ll be running a webinar to get feedback from members later this month. Find out what you can do to help reduce plastic waste by helping promote tap water refilling.

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Water New Zealand Conference & Expo - Save the date

We are pleased to announce the Water New Zealand Conference & Expo 2021 will be held on 21 - 23 September at Claudelands in Hamilton and there will be a  pre-conference workshop on Monday 20 September.

The 2021 Water New Zealand Conference & Expo website will be going live next week. Remember to check it out for further conference details.

Reminder - Expressions of Interest for Conference Technical Committee 

We would like to hear from members who may be interested in being on the Water New Zealand Conference & Expo Technical Committee for up to two years from March 2021.  We want to ensure that the committee has the right expertise to be able to cover the breadth of topics likely to be covered by the technical programme.

This year we are seeking up to 15 members, of which at least five will be young water professionals. 

Find out more

Water Services Bill Webinar 

26 February | Webinar 

Water New Zealand invites all its members to join a webinar on 26 Feb to discuss our submission on the Water Services Bill. We intend to circulate a draft of our submission to members early next week for comment and feedback.

Please note: all members will need to login to the Water New Zealand website to register for this webinar. 

Register Now 

National Modelling Guidance for Urban Stormwater

The Modelling Special Interest Group has been working on the development of national modelling guidance for urban stormwater modelling. The scope will be presented at a workshop at the Water New Zealand Modelling Symposium in March, for feedback from practitioners.

We have had lots of interest and offers of help – thank you! We are determining how best to channel this enthusiasm and will be in touch over the next few months. If you would like to be involved and haven’t yet reached out, then please contact Katrina.guy@waternz.org.nz 


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

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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 

Submit your photos

Don't forget to send in your favourite water images. This year we are looking for photos of projects and people working in the sector but of course, all water shots are welcomed. The winner will be decided by online voting and will receive a free registration to the Water New Zealand Conference & Expo 2021.

Entries close Tuesday, 30 March 2021

Click here to enter and for more information   

Industry News

Promoting drinking fountains this summer

Lack of cleanliness, as well as access and awareness of convenient places to refill, are key roadblocks that discourage people refilling water bottles.

These are two key findings from market research by the RefillNZ, the campaign aimed at reducing plastic rubbish by urging New Zealanders to refill with tap water this summer. Councils can help this campaign by keeping fountains clean and in working order, installing more fountains and making sure they're clearly marked.

RefillNZ has produced videos, stickers and artwork and messages for supporters to share on social media. Click here or contact  jill@refillnz.org.nz to find out more.


Skill Up – 3 Waters Qualifications with Connexis

New courses added to WIPA

Great news! Two more courses have been added to WIPA - IQP Backflow Refresher Course and Water Loss Training. Head over to www.wipa.co.nz. if you need any information or go to info@wipa.co.nz.

World Water Day 

22 March 

World Water Day, 22 March 2021, is about what water means to people, its true value and how we can better protect this vital resource.
Your voice will help shape the forthcoming World Water Day campaign, leading up to 22 March 2021. And your conversations will inform a report about what water means to people around the world.

Find out more

High levels of lead found in two Dunedin towns water samples

The Dunedin City Council and Public Health South are advising residents in Waikouaiti and Karitane not to use tap water for drinking, cooking or preparing food until further notice.

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Understanding Wellington's pipe issues 

Stuff journalist Joel McManus has taken a look at what has led to the current problems facing Wellington over its water pipes.

Click here to read his story. 

Drinking Water Standards discussion

Lutra recently held a panel discussion on the upcoming changes to the Drinking Water Standards and what they mean for New Zealand. 

If you missed the live webinar, please find the recorded session here.

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Upcoming Events

Stormwater 2021

Earlybird & Group Registrations are now live. Get in quick to secure your registration at New Zealand's largest stormwater event. These rates are available until  Friday, 19 March 2021. 

Register Now

Innovation Showcase

Submissions for the Innovation Showcase are open until 5pm Wednesday, 28 April.

Click here for more information.

Stormwater Awards

The conference also provides an opportunity to acknowledge achievement in the stormwater sector.  Award nominations are now open.  

Click here for more information.

Expo Stands 

There are still a few expo sites available. 

For more information 

Wellington YWPs Emergency Water Station visit

17 February | Wellington 

Do you want to see inside one of Wellington's emergency water treatment plants? The Wellington Young Water Professionals (YWPs) are hosting a site visit to a number of emergency water treatment plants around the Wellington region. Come find out how these containerised treatment units can treat water from local sources to provide communities with enough water to survive until the water supply networks can be restored.

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Source water: the crucial missing ‘water’ from the new Taumata Arowai Three Waters legislation 

18 February | Wellington & Webinar 

Join the University of Otago for this summer talk presented by Dr Mike Joy, Institute for Governance and Policy Studies, Victoria University of Wellington.

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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  

Modelling symposium

10 - 11 March | Christchurch

Join us for the 2021 Modelling Symposium and find out how new modelling developments are helping decision makers face current issues in the water industry.

This is a must-attend event for anyone involved or interested in the collection, analysis, management, and effective use of information in the fields of stormwater, wastewater and water supply.Register Now

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 

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Job Vacancies

Water Service Technician 

Timaru District Council 

We are on the lookout for a Water Services Technician to assist in the implementation of activity management systems and plans.

Wastewater Treatment Operator

Waipa District Council 

We are looking for someone to join our Wastewater Treatment team here at Waipā District Council.

Applications Close: 7 February 2021

Project Manager 

Wellington Water 

The purpose of this role is to manage the delivery projects within the Strategic Priority Sustainable Water and the Water Reform work streams within the Water Reform Stimulus Programme.

Water Treatment Technician

Palmerston North City Council

We are looking for an experienced Water Treatment Technician/Operator who can operate and maintain our facilities with the highest degree of competency and proficiency.

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