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New dates announced for the Water New Zealand Conference & Expo. 

In this week's Pipeline: get your industry insights from the latest issue of Watercheck out our new Wastewater 101 - digital badge, read about the power of wastewater testing and save the dates in your calendar for next year's Stormwater Conference, 18 -20 May 2022 in 
Ōtautahi Christchurch. 

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Water New Zealand Conference & Expo 2021

New dates announced 

COVID-19 has certainly thrown us some challenges – and not least for our conferences. As it is now extremely unlikely that we will be at Alert Level 1 in time for our September conference, we have decided that we will postpone this year’s Water New Zealand Conference & Expo until Tuesday 19 – Thursday 21 October. This year’s three waters reform pre-conference workshop is now scheduled for Monday 18 October. 

All delegate registrations will be automatically transferred to the new dates and there will be further communication over the coming days and weeks. Our aim is to facilitate a smooth transition to the new dates for all parties. Our conference team will also be in touch with sponsors, exhibitors and speakers to expedite this. If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch with them at waternz@avenues.co.nz or 04 473 8044.

Visit our conference website for more information

Water New Zealand AGM

The 2021 Water New Zealand Annual General Meeting will now be held via zoom at 10 AM on Wednesday, 22 of September 2021, due to the new rescheduled Water New Zealand Conference and Expo dates. More information will be emailed out to you in the coming days. 

The Cultural Significance and Importance of Water Module - New dates

28 October | Ōtautahi - Christchurch 

The Water New Zealand Cultural Significance and Importance of Water Module originally scheduled for Thursday 21 October in Christchurch has been postponed until Thursday 28 October, due to the clash with the new rescheduled Water New Zealand Conference and Expo dates. 

All registrations will be automatically transferred to the new dates. If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch with Mumtaz Parker at training@waternz.org.nz

If you haven't already registered but would like to attend, we have a couple of spaces left. 

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Latest issue of Water now online

Our September/October edition of Water is now online. This bumper issue brings you in-depth articles, thought-provoking leadership pieces, industry insights, case studies, opinion pieces, and the latest in scientific research and water policy.

To read now click here 

Two digital badge learning opportunities 

Wastewater 101 -  Digital badge 

We've recently launched our latest Three Waters digital badge - Wastewater 101.  This follows the success of our first digital badge - Drinking Water 101.

Wastewater 101 is a fully online course designed to give members and others in the water sector a basic understanding of how our wastewater systems work.  So if you enjoyed Drinking Water 101, or want to gain an understanding of wastewater, take this opportunity to join us.

For more information and to find out dates for this new course, go to our website or contact Mumtaz Parker training@waternz.org.nz

Drinking-Water 101 - Digital Badge 

We have now put online the rest of this year's Drinking Water 101 - Digital Badge course dates. If you want to complete this fully online course designed to assist you with a basic understanding of drinking water then head to our website and register. 

View module dates


Skill-Up, 3 Waters Qualifications with Connexis

Taumata Arowai update

If you missed Taumata Arowai's latest update on Tuesday 31 August 2021 - you can watch the recording here.  

Carbon Accounting Guidelines for Wastewater Treatment: CH4 and N2O

Our new guide on Carbon Accounting Guidelines for Wastewater Treatment: CH4 and N2O provides a consistent basis for accounting for direct greenhouse gas emissions from municipal wastewater treatment, discharge and sludge processing in New Zealand.

Read more

Proposed Cost Recovery Fees And Charges Under Water Services Bill Regulations

Water New Zealand made a submission on the proposed cost recovery fees and charges under the Water Services Bill regulations.

View submission

The Water Directory - refreshed, revised, renamed and ready for 2022

Even good things need a refresh from time to time and the NZ Infrastructure Water and Environment Directory is no exception. The NZ Infrastructure Water and Environment Directory will now be renamed the Water Directory. The 2022 edition will be the 30th birthday of this directory.   

Read more 

AM 307 – Performance Management – digital badge 

We are thrilled to see the launch of the AM 307 – Performance Management – Digital Badge created by IPWEA NZ with support from our very own Insights and Sustainability Advisor, Lesley Smith. 

This course is aimed at giving you a core level of understanding of the key capability areas required to put together an Asset Management Strategy or SAMP (Strategic Asset Management Plan). It includes consideration of the scope of asset management within an organisation and identifying and establishing the key elements that need to be in place to deliver on strategic objectives.

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Industry News

Some of the collected wastewater samples at ESR's Wellington laboratory. Photo / ESR

Covid 19: ESR study confirms the power of wastewater testing

A new ESR-led study suggests regular wastewater testing for Covid-19 – now being done across the country to guide our Delta outbreak response – could prove a nifty early warning system to pick up future flare-ups.

Find out more 


Combine your pumps with grinders to solve wastewater challenges.

New Flushability Standard To Help Reduce Blockages Caused By Wipes

New draft standards aimed at reducing the costs and environmental damage caused by wet wipes have just been released.

Water New Zealand technical manager, Noel Roberts says the proposed new standards follow several years of collaboration between Water New Zealand and Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA), along with water utilities, manufacturers and consumer groups.

Standards Australia/New Zealand is now seeking consultation on the draft standard DR AS/NZS 5328, Flushable Products by 1 November. 

See our media release. Read the draft standard and provide feedback

NZ Construction COVID Protocols

When Alert Level 4 lockdown restrictions were announced, Site Safe got straight to work with last year's advisory group to develop new protocols for Alert Level 4. The protocols for Alert Level 3 have also been updated based on learnings from last year's Alert Level changes and how we operated.

View protocols 

How to operate at Alert Level 3

The Covid-19 Delta variant is more infectious than previous strains – therefore, some additional controls for businesses are now required. 

Read article from www.safetynews.co.nz

Spread the word to help reduce plastic pollution and CO2 with the RefillChallenge

Engage staff in the Aotearoa Refill Biz Challenge this spring. 

Empowering and encouraging people to take small steps results in bigger changes. From October to November, Refill NZ are challenging workplaces to see who can get the most staff to switch to tap and ditch drinks in single-use plastic bottles for 30 days or more. Healthy planet, healthy people.

Find out more 

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Upcoming Events

Water New Zealand Conference & Expo 

19 - 21 October | Hamilton 

We look forward to bringing you a safe and stimulating conference with more than 90 presentations and 180 exhibition stands at our new dates in October. 

Join in on the fun - visit www.waternzconference.org.nz to grab your tickets!

The Cultural Significance and Importance of Water Module

28 October | Christchurch 

This module includes a half-day in-person session which will be held in Christchurch on 28 October and the course will be followed by five online sessions with presenters and guests speaking on topics such as Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Te Mana o te Wai, decision frameworks and empowering organisations.

Register online 

Water Asset Management Forum 

17 - 18 Nov | Wellington 

With the Three Waters Reform well underway, we will focus on the technical expertise and leadership needed to make the reforms successful, rather than the governance structures and organisations that are currently being developed. We will seek to discuss what we need to be thinking about to ensure Aotearoa can deliver safe, sustainable and environmentally appropriate drinking water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure.

This conference is a joint Water New Zealand and IPWEA NZ event and the first time we have combined to offer a conference.

Find out more 

Stormwater 2022

18-20 May 2022 | Christchurch 

Save the dates - Stormwater 2022 will be held at Te Pae, Christchurch Convention Center on 18 - 20 May 2022. This is the largest stormwater conference in New Zealand, run annually by Water New Zealand. Over the years, the Stormwater Conference has evolved to include a three-day conference programme and an exhibition. 

More information is to come in the next few months.

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Job Vacancies

New Plymouth District Council 

3 Waters Planning Engineer - Intermediate 

If you have an interest in infrastructure planning and would like to develop your technical and professional skills in this area, then this position could be a good fit.  You’ll be coming into a high performing and strong technical team with access to excellent mentors. 

Find out more

3 Waters Planning Engineer - Senior 

If you enjoy steering technical direction and project delivery and would relish the opportunity to shape the 3-waters infrastructure for a district, then this position could be a good fit.  

Find out more 

Waipa District Council 

Graduate Engineering Opportunity (Three Waters)

We have several vacancies within our Water Services business unit at Waipā District Council, and we're looking for enthusiastic new team members that we can grow and develop into the Three Waters professionals of the future.

Applications close: 5 September 2021

Find out more 

Hauraki District Council

Utilities Manager 

The main function of this role is to manage Council's water, wastewater and stormwater systems and provide asset management and strategic forward planning for these water services.

Find out more 


Intermediate/Senior Water Resources Engineer

We require an experienced civil / water resources engineer to boost our water resources capability. Due to our strong workload, we need a self-starter who can operate autonomously with minimal management.

Find out more 


Project Manager Assets

TRILITY, in partnership with Rotorua Lakes Council, is looking to fill the role of Project Manager Assets. Reporting to the Asset Manager, you will be responsible for the delivery of agreed asset management programme through the execution of replacement refurbishment and capital projects.

Find out more     


Leak Detection Supervisor 

Our Far North Water team is looking for a Leak Detection Supervisor to join their Kaikohe team. This is an opportunity for an experienced, certified locator to take the next step in their career and manage a small team of two.

Find out more 

Process Manager – Water and Wastewater Treatment

As process manager, you will be responsible for the maintenance and operations of 17 wastewater and 9 water treatment plants. You be responsible for recording and analysing data and information from the treatment plants to ensure that the treatment processes are correct and that our operations are compliant with legislation.

Find out more 

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