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Come and join us at the biggest Three Waters event for 2022 

Don’t miss this 2 ½ day opportunity to learn from our exceptional keynote, thought leadership and technical presenters, find out about latest innovations, challenges and opportunities in Three Waters, and visit more than 200 exhibition stands.

Keynote speakers include Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta, change-maker and former diplomat Ziena Jalil and Dr Gail Tipa along with George Hawkins, Tukoroirangi Morgan and Taumata Arowai CEO Bill Bayfield. We will also feature a special recorded discussion between Sir Tipene O'Regan and Water New Zealand CEO Gillian Blythe. 

This conference is a must-attend for anyone with an interest in the future of the Three Waters - drinking, waste and stormwater in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Join us and be part of the future of water conversation.

See the draft conference programme and register

Innovations Forum 2022 - register now

This year at the conference we are introducing a forum to foster water industry innovation in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Get in quick to register for the new Innovations Forum and the opportunity to share your innovative, forward-looking products and ideas with water professionals.

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Pre-conference Workshop: Taumata Arowai and DIA National Transition Unit

Monday, 17 October

If you have already registered for the conference and would like to add the pre-conference workshop feel free to email waternz@avenues.co.nz.

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Nominations close next week!

Don’t miss this opportunity to profile and celebrate your outstanding people, projects, and innovations within the water sector. Nominations are open to the Water industry; membership of Water New Zealand is not required. Nominations close on 24 August

Young Water Professional of the Year Award sponsored by Beca

This award recognises a standout person, under 35, in the New Zealand water sector for their contribution to the sector and the general community. We are looking for individuals who have constantly demonstrated excellence in their role whether as a leader of people, manager of resources or in areas of technical or operational expertise.

Environmental Sustainability Project Award sponsored by Morphum Environmental

This award recognises outstanding sustainability initiatives in the water industry through the delivery of a project that prioritises sustainable resource use and the needs of the wider environment.

Project Award sponsored by Pipeline and Civil

We are seeking nominations for projects primarily associated with addressing water, wastewater and/or stormwater issues that highlight the projects technical expertise and the service provided to its clients.

Ronald Hicks Memorial Award sponsored by Mott MacDonald

For a paper or article that recognises significant work in solving or clarifying sewage treatment or water pollution problems in NZ.

Operations Prize sponsored by IXOM

This award recognises an individual or organisations efforts in solving an operations issue or problem at a drinking water or wastewater treatment plant.

Health and Safety Innovation Award sponsored by Site Safe

Recognises exceptional commitment to health and safety by a company or individual.

Water Trainee of the Year sponsored by Citycare

This award recognises a relative newcomer to the industry who has made their mark through their ideas, approach and hard work.

Nominations close, Wednesday, 24 August. Find out more and submit your nominations here.

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How Wellington Water is achieving energy efficiency savings of 5-10%

Monitoring drinking water wells

ESR groundwater scientists have been  looking at ways to provide an early warning on potential well contamination and believe that a new monitoring system could provide an inexpensive multi barrier approach to maintaining the safety of drinking water.

Find out more and learn more about groundwater modelling.


Utility location standard published by LINZ

The Surveyor-General has developed a standard that can be used to define the location of utility assets, typically when preparing 'as built' plans. The use of this standard should reduce the risk of accidental damage and the costs of locating and reworking utilities.

The standard is available here.


Kayaking in the sickest urban river in Australia

Journey with Australian film-maker, speaker and writer Beau Miles as he kayaks through 23 kms of the Cooks River in Sydney - a river that has been labelled Australia's sickest river - and discovers the dire effects of leaking sewers, urban rubbish and hard surfacing on urban waterways.

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Mark Pascoe - AWA Past President

Water New Zealand sends our deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of  Australian Water Association Past President Mark Pascoe who passed away suddenly over the weekend. 

Mark was a passionate advocate and contributor to the water community and his passing is a massive loss for the water sector in Australia as well as internationally. 


Three waters products and services at your fingertips

The Water Directory is a time-saving and valuable resource to find the product or service specialists you need in the water industry. See waterdirectory.org.nz

If you are not listed in this publication, and would like to be, please contact debbie.laing@waternz.org.nz

Building Innovation Partnership

The Building Innovation Partnership (BIP) held its Industry Day in Ōtautahi Christchurch on 17 August.

The BIP is an industry-led research programme focussed on improving infrastructure, planning, design, construction and management processes, and the development of engineering solutions that improve the resilience and affordability of our built assets. 

Presentations and the mid project 2022 report are available here


Engagement opens on Tā tātou huarahi | Our pathway

The engagement period is now open for Tā tātou huarahi | Our pathway: Te Pūkenga organisational direction and design.

Te Pūkenga is seeking feedback on a proposed leadership structure, business groups and regional divisions.

The full engagement document is available here. You can also provide comment on the organisational direction and design by completing this questionnaire or emailing feedbackom@tepukenga.ac.nz before Friday 2 September.


Water New Zealand AGM

Notice is given for the 2022 Annual General Meeting of Water New Zealand, the trading name of the New Zealand Water and Wastes Association Incorporated, to be held at Te Pae Convention centre in Ōtautahi, Christchurch on Wednesday, 19 October from 7.15am.

Proxy Votes

Under Clause 12.6 of the Constitution, any financial member unable to attend any AGM may appoint any other financial member to be a proxy, provided a proxy form is signed and delivered to the Chief Executive, Gillian Blythe, prior to the meeting. The proxy form can be downloaded here.

Notice of Motion

Gillian Blythe, Chief Executive, now calls for Notices of Motion for this meeting, which shall be with her not later than 5.00 pm on Wednesday, 14 September 2022. Please note that all notices of motion shall be in writing to the Chief Executive and be dated and signed by the mover and seconder, both of whom must be financial members of the Association. Please include an explanation for the reasons of the motion. Any notices of motion submitted after 5.00 pm on Wednesday, 14 September will not be accepted.


Industry News

Residents near Ōhakea air force base finally get clean drinking water supply

Ōhakea residents who have been drinking bottled water for four years due to contamination from the nearby air force base have finally got a running supply of clean water.

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Taking care of the 3 waters now, and for generations to come

Wellington region's binding emissions targets

Climate change will be embedded into almost all relevant decision-making at Greater Wellington Regional Council, as part of a sweeping set of policy changes expected to be agreed to today. The new climate objectives and policies come as part of an update to the Regional Policy Statement to align with new requirements around urban development and freshwater management.

Greater Wellington's new binding emissions reduction targets reflects NPS-FM.

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Auditor General questions WSE Bill accountability 

The Auditor General has raised some concerns over the accountability arrangements and the integration of infrastructural planning in the proposed three waters entities legislation.

Read the submission to the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee.


Clever bubble curtain sweeps up river plastics

Pollution-preventing technology in place in a coastal region of the Netherlands is catching plastic particles in a river before they reach the ocean.

Called the Bubble Barrier, the innovative solution is preventing plastics as small as 1mm from floating down the Oude Rijn (Old Rhine) river.

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New Plymouth begins installing water meters

New Plymouth has begun an $18 million project to roll out water meters to 26,000 homes in the district. 

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Emergency drinking water delivered as as nitrate levels exceed acceptable levels in rural Waimate

Emergency drinking water supplies have been delivered to parts of the Waimate District as measured nitrate levels have risen past the Drinking Water Standards Maximum Acceptable Value (MAV).

Read the Stuff article


Super-material graphene deployed in water purification

It has been known for years that graphene - the strongest material ever discovered - has a key role to play in supplying cheaper, cleaner water.

The challenge has been turning tiny laboratory trials of different technological approaches into large-scale industrial applications. Now a UK technology company, Evove, has successfully developed applications for graphene beyond the lab to to make water filtration membranes twice as efficient.

Read more

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Upcoming Events

Cultural Significance and Importance of Wai

12 October - 22 December | 10am - 12-noon 

Online

This popular fully online course is held over  8 two-hour zoom sessions. It is designed to help you deepen your collective understanding of connections and interdependencies of wai (water) through a Te Ao Māori lens. As well as an introduction to Te Ao Maori and Te Reo, you'll learn about the indigenous worldview, Te Mana o te Wai, equity and decision frameworks and more.

‘Ka ora te wai, ka ora te whenua, ka ora ngā tāngata’ ‘If the water is healthy, the land is healthy, the people are healthy’.

Find out more and register


Digital Badge learning opportunities 

Would you like to know the basics of how our three waters system works? The business of supplying drinking water and ensuring that clean water is put back into the environment is a complex science.  Water New Zealand has developed a number of learning opportunities to help de-mystify the process.  Our online digital badges are designed to be done in four to six hours over a four week period.  At the end of each course, you will have an understanding of the fundamentals of how the Three Waters sector works to keep people and our environment safe and healthy.  Take a look further down at what's on offer.

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How NZ water utilities are going fully keyless when accessing their network of locks

24 August - 21 September 

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21 September - 19 October 

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31 August - 28 September

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14 September - 12 October 

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Water Supply Network Training Course

September | 9am - 12 pm

Online

This ‘six-monthly’ on-line course is coming up in September, with three sessions 9am to midday on Sept 6, 13 and 20th. This is an intensive training course focused on water supply networks run by Richard Taylor from Thomas Consultants Ltd.

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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/


Auckland Regional Meeting

29 September | 5.30 - 8 pm

Auckland 

This is a great chance to catch up with members of the Modelling and Stormwater Groups and listen to two great speakers.

Auckland Council's Principal Hydrometric Analysis Kris Fordham will be speaking on Auckland Council's regional rainfall analysis system using gauges, national radar and vertical profiling radar. And Ashleigh Dick, one of the 5S attendance award winners for the Water New Zealand Conference & Expo 2021, will be speaking on Young Water Professionals embracing the culture shift in the Three Waters sector.  Thank you to Hydraulic Analysis for sponsoring this event.

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Blue & Green Technology Conference 2022

7 - 8 December | 9 am - 5 pm

Auckland

The conference will be hosted by 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


Australian & New Zealand Biosolids Partnership’s National Biosolids Conference 

8-9 February 

Sydney

The biennial conference will examine key developments in the industry with a focus on the role of industry, regulators and community as champions for sustainable biosolids management and end-use. 

The Call for Abstracts closes on 12 September.

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29 August - 26 September

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12 September - 10 October 

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14 September - 12 October

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28 September - 26 October 

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Water Utilities Association

25 August | 9am - 1 pm

Wellington

Join either face to face or via zoom for the August meeting. The agenda will be available on Friday. You must be a WUA member to attend.

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Smart Metering - Water Quality integration

6 September | 10 - 11 am

Online

Irmana Sampedro, Christchurch City Councils Project Manager - Smart Water Network and Jon Visser, from Ports of Otago on behalf of Dunedin City Council, present on their smart water metering approach.

Both Christchurch City Council and Ports of Otago have a significant smart water metering programmes which include system wide quality and quantity monitoring and commercial use insight.

Join the Smart Water Group for this interactive webinar, facilitated by SWIG Deputy Chair, Hugh Blake-Mason.

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

15 September | 3 - 4 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'


Upcoming Rivers Group events

The Rivers Group through Engineering New Zealand have are hosting a Cultural and Environmental Values Series of webinars. Registrations available at the links below.

Te Tiriti o Waitangi (the Treaty of Waitangi): meanings, principles, and importance for contemporary river management in Aotearoa New Zealand

7 September, 11.00am

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The NPS-FM and Te Mana o te Wai (Te Ao Māori & River Ecosystem Management

13 September, 11.00am

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Navigating towards Te mana o te Wai

21 September, 11.00am

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Cultural and Environmental Values Series | Mana Whenua Statements (cultural impact assessment)

29 September, 11.00am

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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

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Job Vacancies

South Waikato District Council

Senior Engineer / Three Waters

Are you experienced in managing water supply and stormwater networks, operations, and contracts?

Applications close: 24 August 2022

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Marlborough District Council

Engineering Officer - Services Infrastructure

We are looking for someone to provide assessment of resource consent applications, setting of engineering conditions for subdivision and land development, and to manage services contracts and projects.

Applications close: 28 August 2022

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Taumata Arowai

Regulatory Team leader - Christchurch

As part of a national Regulatory Delivery Team, you will oversee and co-ordinate your own team and their activities in your region. This could be your first career step into people management or a move across industries and levels.

Applications close: 21 August 2022

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Waitaki District Council

Asset Management System Administrator

You will assist the Asset Planning and Systems Team - within the Water Services Team - to maintain and develop systems for the wider Water Services and Recreation units of Council.

Applications close: 2 September 2022

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Matamata-Piako District Council

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.

Applications close: 30 August 2022

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Wellington Water

Principal Advisor Growth Planning

The purpose of this role is to provide thought leadership to Wellington Water's growth planning programme and strategic priorities. In this role, you will plan to meet growth demands in an integrated, affordable, innovative, sustainable way.

Applications close: no closing date

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Senior Advisor Service Delivery (NMG)

In this role you will establish and lead an operational improvement programme for the treatment plants that are managed in house.

Applications close: no closing date

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Programme Delivery Lead

The delivery lead maintains programme coherence with strategy and planning, technical and specialist standards, and interfaces with other programmes and corporate.

Applications close: no closing date

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Team Leader Treatment (Wellington)

The purpose of this role is to manage the Wellington operations technician staff to operate the treatment plants that treat and supply drinking water.

Applications close: 21 August 2022

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