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Don't miss out on these great deals 

The Water New Zealand Conference & Expo 2022 is being held at Te Pae Convention Centre in Ōtautahi Christchurch from 18 - 20 October 2022, and we are expecting this to be one of our most exciting programmes to date. 

Earlybird individual and group packages will be available for a limited time, so get your team together and confirm a group package now!

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Help us celebrate outstanding achievement and success

We know there's been plenty of outstanding work in the water sector this past year and we want to recognise that mahi.

Submit your nomination for the 2022 Water New Zealand Excellence Awards to gain recognition for yourself, or your peers, of exceptional achievements and contributions to the water sector.

This year we are calling for nominations for the following:

  • Ronald Hicks Memorial Award sponsored by Mott MacDonald
  • Operations Prize sponsored by IXOM
  • Health and Safety Innovation Award sponsored by Site Safe
  • Project Award sponsored by Pipeline and Civil
  • Young Water Professional of the Year sponsored by Beca
  • Water Trainee of the Year sponsored by Citycare
  • Environmental Sustainability Project Award sponsored by Morphum Environmental

Nominations close Wednesday, 24 August.

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Latest edition of Water now out

If you're a member of Water New Zealand, you will have received the July/August edition of Water - a 96 page glossy publication with all the latest information and features about what's happening in water. 

In this edition we delve into the benefits of smart water metering, find out how kiwis use water in their homes, look at emerging evidence around nitrates and health, profile our young stormwater professional of the year, and take a lesson from Covid on how to communicate complex stuff.  These stories plus plenty more features and updates.

See our digital edition

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Game of Thrones Pub Quiz - Congratulations Aurecon

Aurecon’s Young Water Professionals team  “No Worries Aurie” won this year's Game of Thrones Pub Quiz held in Wellington last week.

Congratulations to Victoria Ware, Nathan Palairet, Gabriella Jimenez Rojas, Ben McCarroll, James Johnston, Raveen Dias and M Nes for taking the trophy this year.

Thank you to all that took part and we look forward to bringing you the 10th Anniversary event next year.


New Drinking Water Quality Assurance Rules

Taumata Arowai is working on publishing the new Drinking Water Quality Assurance Rules following feedback received from their public consultation earlier in the year. The rules set out what drinking water suppliers need to do to comply with key parts of the Drinking Water Standards and other requirements under the Water Services Act 2021.

It’s likely to be published on their website sometime next week.

You can see the recording of our latest webinar on Rules and Standards Post Consultation with Taumata Arowai Principal Advisor Drinking Water, Jim Graham. 


Exposure  draft NPS for indigenous biodiversity

Water New Zealand supports the broad intentions to protect and restore indigenous biodiversity. However we are keen to ensure that infrastructure can be maintained and upgraded in future. 

See our submission 

Deadline for Water Services Entities Bill

Submissions on the legislation to establish four new regionally based water service entities close tomorrow (Friday) at 11.59pm.

The Water Services Entities Bill is the first of several pieces of legislation giving effect to the Government's intention to establish a new model of three waters service delivery.

In preparing our response, Water New Zealand has consulted with our members, and the final submission will be available on our website from tomorrow.

Go to our website


Earthworks and Geotechnical Code of Practice

Version 2.0 of the Auckland Code of Practice for Land Development and Subdivision Chapter 2, released in July 2022, is now available for consultation.

This version will become operative beginning 1 January 2023. Until then, the operative version of Chapter 2 of the Code of Practice is Version 1.6.

Feedback closes on 31 October 2022.

Industry News

New regulatory reporting will improve transparency and drinking water safety

Water New Zealand says the new water services regulator’s first report on drinking water compliance is a big step towards better transparency and safety improvements in the sector.

Taumata Arowai’s Drinking Water Regulation Report 2021 covers the six weeks between 15 November, when the new agency officially took over the regulatory role from the Ministry of Health, and 31 December 2021.

Read our media release 


'Huge day for Christchurch' as water bottling consents quashed

Anti-water bottling campaigners have won a long-running legal battle to overturn consents allowing two bottling companies to extract billions of litres of water from Christchurch aquifers. Read the Stuff article

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Govt provides Three Waters support for councils

Every Council in New Zealand will receive at least $350,000 of additional funding to ensure they have the resourcing necessary to implement the Three Waters reforms, Associate Minister of Local Government Kieran McAnulty announced today. Read the Government media release.


Drought assistance to Kiribati as drinking water supplies dry up

Threats to the drinking water supplies of Kiribati from a prolonged drought are being targeted with a joint assistance package from Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia.  Read more 


Heat is on for reycling phosphorus

Phosphorus is one of the main chemical elements that makes life possible and having enough of it is critical to sustainable agriculture.

Read more

Call on Christchurch water fluoridation by end of year

Christchurch will hear the Government’s intentions on fluoridating the city’s water supply by the end of the year.

Read the Stuff article


Wellington Water independent fluoride inquiry

Wellington Water has accepted all of the recommendations from the independent inquiry into why fluoride facilities were turned off at two plants.

Read the details of the inquiry and Wellington Water's response.


Tenant ordered to pay damages after wet wipes clog water pump

A tenant has been ordered to pay a series of costs after wet wipes clogged a water pump at her rental.

Read the Herald article.

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Upcoming Events

Water use in homes

2 August | 12 - 1 pm

Webinar

The study brings together survey and high-resolution water meter data collated by BRANZ and analysed by BRANZ and the University of Auckland. The results provide information on seasonal and diurnal peaks, water end use, average dwelling and residential water use and minimum night flows. These results are valuable for applications such as infrastructure sizing, water efficiency programme design, and water demand forecasting.

Join Dr Colin Whittaker of University of Auckland and Building Physicist Andrew Pollard of BRANZ for a summary of the report and their findings.

Find out more and register

Christchurch Stormwater Regional Meeting

27 July | 5:30 - 7.30 pm

Christchurch

This is a joint meeting with our CIWEM colleagues.

Presentations:

Stormwater and the Three Waters reform – Phillip Eyles (Stormwater Lead, National Transition Unit)

Te Pātaka o Rākaihautū / Banks Peninsula Settlements Stormwater Management Plan and the Diamond Harbour Investigations work - Paul Dickson (Christchurch City Council) and Sam Millar (WSP).

Beginning at 5.30pm with drinks, nibbles and time to catch up with colleagues, followed by presentations.

Find out more and register


Drinking Water 101 Digital Badge

1 August - 29 August

Online

This is a fully online course designed to assist you with a basic understanding of drinking water and all the people and processes involved prior to it reaching your tap.

The course has been structured into a combination of reading, videos, resources and activities for you to complete over a four-week period at times that suit you. It involves four to six hours time commitment.

Registrations close: 31 July

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Backflow 101 Digital Badge

 3 August - 31 August 

Online

 A fully online course designed to give you a basic understanding of backflow - what it is, its history, regulations, best practice and how to prevent backflow. 

The course has been structured into a combination of reading, videos, resources and activities for you to complete over a 4 week period at times that suit you.

Registrations close: 2 August 2022

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Cultural Significance and Importance of Wai learning module

17 August - 5 Oct | 10 am - 12 pm

Online

The course is online and held over eight zoom sessions of no more than 2 hours each.

Through this course you will gain greater cultural awareness, respect and understanding of Te Ao Māori within the water sector and what it means to give effect to Te Mana o te Wai – a concept introduced in the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2020 (NPS-FM 2020) and included in the water services legislation.

This module is designed to help you deepen your understanding of connections and interdependencies of wai (water) through a Te Ao Māori lens.

Find out more and register


Drinking Water Quality Assurance Rules & Acceptable Solutions (Part 4) - post consultation

17 August | 1 - 2 pm

Webinar 

Taumata Arowai discusses the outcomes from the consultation process on the standards, rules and acceptable solutions that occurred in the 1st quarter of 2022.

This webinar will focus on "Acceptable Solutions".

Recordings of Part 1 and Part 2 of consultation are available here. The slides from Part 3 on "Large Supply Rules" are available here.

Register here


Stormwater 101 Digital Badge

27 July - 24 August 
Online

This is a fully online course designed to assist you with a basic understanding of stormwater and the people and processes involved.

By the end of this course you will have a basic understanding of stormwater in New Zealand, understand the history of stormwater, what’s happening in the stormwater environment and get an overview of some of the roles in stormwater.

Registrations close: 26 July 2022

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YWP Christchurch Quiz Night

28 July | 5:30 - 8:00 pm

Christchurch

The Water New Zealand Young Water Professionals, Christchurch are looking forward to hosting other young water professionals at a quiz night.

It will be a couple of hours of fun-filled water engineering focused quiz with drinks and nibbles supplied by Aurecon and prizes by Water New Zealand.

This is also a great chance to catchup with your peers and meet the Christchurch YWP Committee.

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Industrial Waters 2022 Conference

17 - 19 August | 9 am - 5 pm

Wellington

Join the Industrial Waters conference and be part of making a difference. The conference allows for opportunities to share information, discuss problems, find solutions and learn from others in the industry.

Bookmark the conference website

(https://confer.eventsair.com/i...) to keep up to date with new information.



Wastewater 101 Digital Badge

17 August - 14 September 

Online

This is a fully online course designed to assist you with a basic understanding of wastewater and the components relating to wastewater disposal and the impact on communities and the environment.

By the end of this course, you will have a basic understanding of wastewater in Aotearoa New Zealand, understand what happens beyond flushing the toilet, have an understanding of what wastewater treatment plants do and get an overview of some of the roles in wastewater.

Registrations close: 16 August 2022

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IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition

1-15 September 2022

Copenhagen

IWA’s upcoming World Water Congress & Exhibition in Copenhagen, Denmark, the #WorldWaterCongress & Exhibition will report on the water sector progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The emphasis will be on SDG6, which is dedicated to water and sanitation.

For more details please visit https://worldwatercongress.org/


WEFTEC 2022

8 - 12 Oct

New Orleans

WEFTEC 2022, Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference, offers thousands of water quality professionals from around the world unparalleled water quality education and training.

Note: discounts on offer if you attend as part of USCS Oceania delegation

See the flyer and find out more


Blue & Green Technology Conference 2022

7 - 8 December | 9 am - 5 pm

Auckland

The conference will be hosted UniServices, in partnership with the US Embassy, Callaghan Innovation, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, Auckland University and Ara Ake.

See blueandgreentech.co.nz for more details



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Job Vacancies

Wellington Water

Serviceperson, Drainage - Porirua

The purpose of this role is to assist with the day-to-day operation of our Drainage networks, ensuring a continual drainage service, with minimal interruptions.

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Serviceperson, Drainage - Lower Hutt

The purpose of this role is to assist with the day-to-day operation of our Drainage networks, ensuring a continual drainage service, with minimal interruptions.

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Serviceperson, Drainage - Rongotai

The purpose of this role is to assist with the day-to-day operation of our Drainage networks, ensuring a continual drainage service, with minimal interruptions.

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Serviceperson, Utilities - Rongotai

You will be responsible for maintaining the water reticulation system and ensuring a continual supply of quality water with minimal interruptions.

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Serviceperson, Water - Porirua

You will be responsible for maintaining the water reticulation system and ensuring a continual supply of quality water with minimal interruptions.

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Serviceperson, Water - Lower Hutt

You will be responsible for maintaining the water reticulation system and ensuring a continual supply of quality water with minimal interruptions.

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Serviceperson, Water - Rongotai

You will be responsible for maintaining the water reticulation system and ensuring a continual supply of quality water with minimal interruptions.

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Drinking Water Backflow Technical Officer

The purpose of this role is to provide operational management of the backflow prevention program and information systems across all our client council areas and liaise with property owners to ensure sites have appropriate backflow devices installed and tested.

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Operator Technician - Lower Hutt

Based at the Water Treatment Plants in Hutt Valley, this role will be responsible for being in charge of the bulk water system during normal operations, making decisions on source water selection, treatment plant output and reservoir flow rates.

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Auckland Council

Principal Strategist - Natural Environment

Use your strategic skills and environmental knowledge across a wide breadth of topics including preserving our land, water and native species and balancing sustainable growth and development with the cultural and social needs of the community we serve.

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Timaru District Council

Water Treatment Operator

You will assist with the management and operation of council's water treatment facilities, including water supply intakes, bulk supply pipelines, storage and water treatment facilities across the Timaru district.

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Waimakariri District Council

Stormwater and Waterways Manager

This senior position will see you influencing the direction and delivery of urban stormwater, rural land drainage and water race services, also watercourse protection and enhancement for the Waimakariri district.

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Water Environment Advisor

We are looking for someone with knowledge of water policy in New Zealand and a genuine desire to achieve improved environmental, ecological and cultural outcomes for the community.

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Matamata-Piako District Council

Water and Wastewater Operator

This role involves the operation and maintenance of the Council’s water treatment plants, wastewater treatment plants and pump stations throughout the district.

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Three Waters Utilities Engineer

This role is responsible for overseeing our 3 Waters data through our data toolset and SCADA systems, the planning, design and monitoring of operational and capital expenditure works, as well as project managing the delivery of minor capex works.

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Bloxam Burnett & Olliver

Water Resources/Stormwater Engineer

If you’re looking for a non-hierarchical environment where people can be themselves, are grounded and resourceful, collaborate and support each other, plus have a genuine desire to do right by the clients they serve, then BBO could be the right place for you.

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Dunedin City Council

3 Waters Operations Supervisor (Water Treatment)

Are you looking for a foot on the career ladder, a change in direction or a move to one of NZ’s largest water suppliers?

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Palmerston North City Council

Engineering Professionals

Are you looking for the next opportunity in your engineering career? We are seeking engineers at all levels of skills and experience, to join our Infrastructure team and contribute to the development of our city.

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Thames Coromandel District Council

Water Services Manager

If you are an excellent people leader, excel at empowering staff and contractors to be their best and you have a strong technical background in the three waters’ services then we want to hear from you.

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