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In this issue of Pipeline: There is still time to nominate a colleague for a stormwater award; register for the next Taumata Arowai update webinar; as the latest Association updates, industry news, events and job vacancies.

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Latest Updates

Taumata Arowai Update

3 May | Webinar

You are invited to join the next Taumata Arowai update webinar hosted by Water New Zealand. You will be brought up to date with the latest information about the work that the newly established regulatory authority has been doing, current activities and next steps in the regulatory journey.

Register here

Three Waters Sector challenged by huge growth and infrastructure demands 

Water New Zealand says new data just released shows the extent of the enormous challenges facing the water sector in New Zealand.

Chief executive Gillian Blythe says the three waters sector has responded to rising demands with a big jump in infrastructure spending in the last year and this is stretching the capacity of our service providers.

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Stormwater 2021 

Award submissions close Friday, 16 April

Please ensure your submission(s) for this year's awards are received by 4 pm Friday, 16 April 2021.

The awards available include:

- Stantec Stormwater Professional of the year
- Beca Young Stormwater Professional of the year
- Water New Zealand Paper of the year
- WSP Innovation Showcase Award

Click here for more information on award nominations 

Registrations are open 

Let's make the comeback from our 2020 online event one to remember! Registrations for the Stormwater Conference & Expo 2021 are open and selling fast. We have limited numbers available for our Site Visits held on Friday, 14 May - if you have not yet registered for a site visit but would like to add it to your registration, please email waternz@avenues.co.nz.

Click here to register 

Register now for the Drinking Water 101 – digital badge

27 Apr - 27 May

This is a fully online course designed to give you a basic understanding of drinking water and all the people and processes involved before it reaches your tap. It's a great introduction to drinking water and recommended for anyone working within the sector in any capacity.

Click here to find out more

Water New Zealand Photo Competition

We have been overwhelmed by the number of entries, capturing water in all its value but unfortunately due to technical difficulties, we are unable to have our photo competition voting system up and running for you today. We are working very hard to resolve the issues so, in the next few days, you will be able to vote on your favourite image. 

Please keep a lookout on our website and our LinkedIn page for when voting opens. 



Hear from our award winning team. Your 2021 water supply obligations solved, from source to endpoint.

Learn more HERE

Water New Zealand renews its Site Safe Membership

Water New Zealand has renewed its Trade Association membership with Site Safe. We are very excited to continue our membership with Site Safe, a national body committed to improving & promoting a culture of health & safety in New Zealand. With regular updates on important health and safety information and news, Water New Zealand will be able to keep our members well informed. 

What does this mean for you? If you are a Water New Zealand member you can receive a 10% discount off your annual Site Safe membership fees.

Water New Zealand Directory 

Have you seen our latest NZ Infrastructure, Water & Environment Directory? This is a must-have resource - providing you with targeted information about who does what in the water sector.

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Industry News

New Zealand's water workforce stretched to deliver multibillion-dollar investment

The country's water workforce is struggling to keep up with huge growth and infrastructure demands as decades of underinvestment in pipes is finally being addressed.

Water New Zealand's latest National Performance Review shows $1.6 billion was spent on capital improvements last year.

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Believe in better? We do. 

Hiring Planning and Environmental Consultants

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Tauranga marae calls for Govt action over groundwater contamination 

Whareroa Marae's environment manager is calling for urgent Government action over ongoing concerns about heavy industry contaminants in the area. Yesterday the Bay of Plenty Regional Council confirmed it was investigating reports that PFAS compounds had been recorded in groundwater in Mount Maunganui's industrial area, on a site near the marae.

Read NZ Herald story 

Te Pohue School student inspired by drinking water treatment plant and storage tank visit

While most Kiwi school children aspire to be doctors, farmers or an All Black, one Te Pohue School student is now targeting a career as a drinking water engineer.

Source: NZHerald.co.nz

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Use the RefillNZ app to find a fountain near you and be in to win

From April 16 to mid-May RefillNZ are challenging kiwis to find their public drinking fountains, refill, take a pic, post and enter, then you’ll go in the weekly draw to WIN great prizes and you’ll be helping to reduce plastic rubbish – a WIN for the environment.

Find out more 

How DC Water's George Hawkins made sewage sexy

George ​Hawkins turned ​the stodgy ​bureaucracy of ​Washington, D.C.​’s water ​utility into an ​engine of ​innovation. 

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Water Asset Data Standards Workshop and Opportunities for Digital Collaboration

The Smart Water Infrastructure Group alongside Beca, Building Innovation Partnership (BIP) and the Waikato Regional Asset Technical Accord (RATA) ran a hybrid workshop and networking with participants across the country to hear about Water Asset Data Standards, Data Quality Assessment and explore opportunities for digital collaboration in the water sector. 

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Lead Contamination due out soon 

The review of the health response is now sitting with the Director-General of Health. The settlements of Waikouaiti, Karitane and Hawksbury Village are still getting drinking water from tankers, months after concerning levels of lead were discovered in the local supply.

Click here to listen to the RNZ report.

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Upcoming Events

Water New Zealand Conference & Expo 

Expressions of Interest close Friday, 23 April

Do you have insights, innovations and findings that can help water professionals succeed? We are accepting expressions of interest for Keynote Speakers, Workshops and Thought Leadership stream speakers

Find out more

Earlybird and Group Registrations open Wednesday, 9 June

Save the date in your calendar to take advantage of the Earlybird discount and group registration packages and then you won't miss out on attending the largest water conference in New Zealand. 

 Find out more 

Carbon in Practice - The Anglian Water Journey 

22 Apr | Online 

David Riley, Head of Carbon Neutrality at Anglian Water Services, is the guest speaker for the next Climate Change Group webinar.

Find out more 

On-Site Wastewater Management Systems Workshop

3 May | Palmerston North

The New Zealand Land Treatment Collective, in collaboration with Water New Zealand, is pleased to present an Onsite Wastewater Workshop on Palmerston North on 3 May 2021 ahead of its conference (see more below). Come join the all-day workshop for On-site Wastewater Management (OWMS) to determine what are the OWMS issues in New Zealand. Specialists from each industry sector have been invited to make 15-minute presentations focused on core OWMS issues.

To register for the workshop see NZLTC conference below.  

Find out more 

New Zealand Land Treatment Collective Conference & Workshop

4 - 6 May | Palmerston North

2021 edition of the New Zealand Land Treatment Collective Conference will be held at Hotel Coachman, Palmerston North starting on the 4th of May. It's a 3-day event on improving outcomes for land treatment. 

Find out more

Backflow Conference 2021 

5 - 6 Aug | Lower Hutt 

The Water New Zealand Backflow Group will be holding its biennial conference in Lower Hutt 5-6 August 2021. The programme will include workshops, training, Water Services Bill and Joint Standard updates.

Register now

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Job Vacancies

Operations Engineer

Napier City Council 

If you are a Civil or Mechanical Engineer and keen to take a really positive step in your career, then this could be the role for you.

Apply Now 

Team Leader 3 Waters Operations Planning 

Napier City Council 

Leading the 3 Waters Operations Planning team, this is an interesting role with the day-to-day management of the three waters operational planning function and leadership of the operations planning team including strategic direction setting for the team in accordance with Council's policy, relevant legislation and community needs.

Apply Now 

Principal Environmental Engineer


This role will provide strategic thought leadership across site-specific wastewater projects, involving treatment plant design and operation and will support the development of a technical strategy for Fonterra's wastewater and water projects at a national level.

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Trade Waste Specialist 

Tauranga City Council 

This role of Trade Waste Specialist is a full time, permanent position, based at our Chapel Street Wastewater Treatment plant and the successful candidate will work alongside our current Trade waste specialist.

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Team Leader - Water Supply & Wastewater 

Tasman District Council 

In this senior specialist position, you'll be leading your capable team of six by developing and motivating them using your proven leadership skills
Apply Now 

Senior Asset Planner 

Help plan and manage safe and secure water supply and wastewater services for Tasman's growing communities and unique environments.

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Manager - Utilities 

Tararua District Council 

We are looking for a Manager - Utilities, a strategic leader with technical expertise who will develop and enhance a high performing utilities team, responsible for the successful and sustainable delivery of seven water and seven wastewater schemes across the Tararua District.

Apply Now 

Senior Advisor Reticulation and Maintenance

Christchurch City Council

Are you an engineer with a passion for water and waste-water reticulation and treatment? Would you like to join an organisation that makes a difference?

Apply Now 

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