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Water Services Entities Bill passes Third Reading

The Water Services Entities Bill, which paves the way for the creation of four new water service entities, has passed its Third Reading in Parliament this morning.

See the Local Government Minister's media release.

See Water New Zealand media release

Water New Zealand is looking forward to reviewing and making submissions on two further bills that will support the legislation.

The Water Services Economic Efficiency and Consumer Protection Bill and the Water Services Legislation Bill were introduced into Parliament today.

Call for abstracts

The call for abstracts is now open for the Stormwater Conference & Expo 2023, and will close at 5pm on Tuesday, 31 January.

We’re inviting water professionals and anyone with an interest in stormwater, to submit an abstract proposal that presents a challenging and practical perspective.

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Modelling for an uncertain future

15 - 16 March | 9 am 5 pm

Copthorne Hotel, Wellington

The planning for this two day get together is well underway and both earlybird registrations and the call for abstracts are now open. So get in quick and if you have a modelling presentation proposal that you'd like to share with like-minded professionals, the committee is keen to hear from you.

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Christmas Closure

The Water New Zealand Office will be shut from close of business Thursday, 22 December. Reopening Wednesday, 4 January 2023.

Spatial Planning Bill and Natural & Built Environment Bill 

These two Bills have been referred to the Environment Committee. Submissions are due by 30 January 2023. Water New Zealand will be making a submission. If you would like to be involved, please contact Gillian.Blythe@waternz.org.nz.

Find the Spatial Planning Bill here. 

Find the Natural & Built Environment Bill here. 

Cycle for Life makes their way south

This week some of our team had the great pleasure of picnicking with Cycle for Water. This inspiring foursome made it to Wellington, part way through the first leg of a 10,000km bike ride across the world.

The group have two aims: to raise funds for the installation of rainwater tanks, water filters and toilets in schools and remote villages in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Cambodia. They also aim to highlight the unequal distribution of water resources, the progressive depletion of this resource in the face of climate change and the actions that can improve conditions.

This Friday they leave Wellington, travelling down the South Island for a Christmas departure from Christchurch. They're keen to meet locals and to hear water stories. If you would like to connect they'd love to hear from you. Visit their website, follow them on LinkedIn or email Petronille Sartorio.

Water Directory 2023

There is only a short time left to renew your Water Directory listing. If you haven’t confirmed your place in this great supplier resource, please check your inbox, we will have been in touch regarding how to do this. If you are not currently included in this super useful online resource to the three waters sector, please contact debbie.laing@waternz.org.nz for more information and a listing form.

Water Services Managers Group (WSMG) representative on the New Zealand Utilities Advisory Group (NZUAG) Board

Water New Zealand would like to thank Ulrich Glasner, Aurecon New Zealand, for his services as the WSMG group representative on the NZUAG Board in recent years. Martin Mould, Waipa District Council is stepping into this role on behalf of the WSMG.

Join the Next Class of Water Leaders

The Water Leadership Institute is looking for the next cohort to participate in this valuable blended learning programme

This is an opportunity to learn to become a better leader, gain a supportive community of water professionals and mentors, sharpen your networking skills, and grow professionally.

Applications close on 19 January.

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Industry News

48 of Wellington's Drinking Water Reservoirs are Vulnerable to Contamination - report

A health check of Wellington’s most important water infrastructure has found all above ground drinking water reservoirs are vulnerable to contamination.

Read more.

DOC’s Community Environment Fund open

The Department of Conservation (DOC) Community Fund is now open for community conservation groups undertaking critical, grassroots work to support Aotearoa’s biodiversity strategy.

Find out more.

Award Winning Campaign to Keep Wipes out of Pipes 

A public education campaign to reduce pipe blockages caused by wipes during the first few months of Covid has picked up an award at the NSW Sustainability Awards.

Read more.

600,000 UK Properties Face Surface Water Flood Risk

A new report by the National Infrastructure Commission has found that, without action to reduce urban runoff and improve drainage, 600,000 properties in the UK face flooding.

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Is a Hydrogen-powered Future Hiding in our Wastewater? 

Its first steps may have been hesitant – thanks to a funding slump following the 2008 financial crisis – but hydrogen is now back and looking like a winner for renewable, clean energy. And its success may lie in a dirty source.

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Upcoming Events

PFAS National Environmental Management Plan overview

9 December | 12 am - 1 pm


The draft PFAS National fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) National Environmental Management Plan (PFAS NEMP) version 3.0 is now open for public consultation. MfE is leading the New Zealand consultation with support from Environmental Protection Authority (NZEPA). NEMP leads from Australia, MfE and NZEPA will provide an overview of the consultation, which can be accessed here: Have your say | Ministry for the Environment.

The PFAS NEMP provides guidance and standards on the investigation, assessment, and management of PFAS in water, wastewater, biosolids and compost, waste material and the environment.

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Transforming Aotearoa New Zealand’s Water Sector - Alan Sutherland

15 December | 1 - 2 pm


Join Water New Zealand Chief Executive Gillian Blythe in conversation with Alan Sutherland, Chief Executive at the Water Industry Commission for Scotland (WICS), the economic regulator for Scottish Water. Alan will share his insights into water reform in Scotland and his advice on transforming and improving the performance of the water sector in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Register here

Stormwater 101 Digital Badge

1 Feb - 1 March 2023

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Wastewater 101 Digital Badge

8 Feb - 8 March 2023

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Drinking Water 101 Digital Badge

30 Jan - 27 Feb 2023

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Small Water Supplies 101 Digital Badge

1 Feb - 1 March 2023

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Backflow 101 Digital Badge

8 Feb - 8 March 2023

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Drinking Water 201 Digital Badge - NEW

6 Feb - 6 March 2023

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Job Vacancies

South Taranaki District Council

Water Treatment Technician

The purpose of this position is to supply potable water in sufficient quantity and optimum quality to the communities of the South Taranaki.

Applications close: 12 December 2022

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Auckland Council

Senior Scientist

This role sits in the Hydrology and Environmental Data Management team in Auckland Council's Research and Evaluation Unit (RIMU), responsible for monitoring and reporting on Auckland's freshwater environments.

Applications close: 11 December 2022

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Good Earth Matters

Stormwater Lead

In this role you will be working alongside our internal and external team to understand client and iwi objectives, and be working across disciplines to deliver on improved stormwater outcomes for our communities and waterways.

Applications close: 15 January 2023

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