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Engineering a Better New Zealand

Water is one of the key issues addressed in a thought leadership report just released by Engineering New Zealand which looks at issues facing the wellbeing of New Zealanders.

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Two years on from contamination - Hastings DC says safe water top priority

Two years on from the unprecedented Havelock North water contamination event the Hastings District Council has taken on board the learnings from the Government water inquiry and made the delivery of safe water a top priority.

Hastings Mayor Sandra Hazlehurst says it’s an important time to reflect on and acknowledge what happened, and to also acknowledge the enormous amount of progress that has been made in the last two years.

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Dealing to the infrastructure deficit - Chapman Tripp

A new report says decades of under-investment by both central and local government, exacerbated by strong and increasingly uneven population growth, have exposed deficiencies in our infrastructure and in our tools for responding to growth.

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Controversial sewage pond work gets extension

The long-awaited upgrade of a tiny West Coast town’s damaged sewage treatment ponds has a time extension – but the district council’s still being investigated for possible environmental rule breaches.

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Kahui Wai Māori group to work on freshwater

The Government is establishing a new group to broaden the conversation with Māori on freshwater.

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Water - Who Pays?

The pipes under our cities towns and homes deliver not just drinking water they also take away our waste. But local councils, especially those outside the main centres, say they can't afford the upkeep of the pipes they own and struggle to pay for necessary upgrades.

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Australian Water Association Seeking technical papers and case studies for the Water e-Journal

Have you recently presented at an Association event, submitted an abstract or paper that you believe would be of great interest to the water sector and wider community? If so, we would like to invite you to submit a full manuscript to the Association’s Water e-Journal through our online submission portal.

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Local government inquiry terms of reference confirmed

The terms of reference are available here and anyone interested in the inquiry can subscribe to receive updates. Water New Zealand will be preparing a submission.

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River Awards highlight national waterways improvement

Judging is underway for the River Story Award section in this year’s Cawthron Foundation 2018 New Zealand River Awards.

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Who put a T-Shirt down the loo? 269 blockages in council’s system

What do cigarette butts, syringes, wet wipes and condoms have in common?

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Invercargill base of $900,000 study on drinking water safety

A $900,000 pilot study being conducted in Invercargill may soon help water suppliers throughout the country provide safer community drinking water.

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Large, smelly 'fatbergs' clogging up Auckland's wastewater network

Auckland's sewerage system is choking on 'fatbergs', with Watercare now spending $1 million to remove them and other blockages from the network each year.

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Updated Drinking Water Standards Guidelines

The Ministry of Health has updated its guidelines on how to apply the Drinking Water Standards.

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Auckland Council Guideline Document On-site Wastewater Management in the Auckland Region (GD06) out for public consultation

The Guideline Document On-site Wastewater Management in the Auckland Region (GD06) is now published on the Auckland Design Manual website as a draft for public consultation

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NZ companies, councils, not 'walking talk' on climate risk

What actions New Zealand companies and public bodies have been taking to address climate risk largely hasn't been shared, a new analysis finds.

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Councils get help to prepare for sea-level rise

A senior NIWA scientist is concerned many councils are having difficulty “getting off the starting blocks” when it comes to planning for coastal climate change.

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Major water management reform could take responsibility for drinking water from councils

New Zealand councils could lose responsibility for providing drinking water under a major reform of national water management, the Government has announced.

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Help near for councils, as water changes loom

Councils are screaming for financial help from central Government. The problem is, David Williams reports, they might get it sooner than they think.

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Minister addresses three waters reform at LGNZ Conference

We should also ask ourselves how can we ensure safer drinking water and better environmental practices in a way that is affordable for our communities? Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta addressed the LGNZ conference in Christchurch about the Government’s approach to three waters reform.

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Professor Michael Baker looks at drinking water safety standards

Professor Michael Baker looks at drinking water safety standards

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Review should focus on four waters, not three, says Napier mayor Bill Dalton

Napier Mayor Bill Dalton said the Napier City Council was just one of many that felt this way and something needs to be done.

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Freshwater groups folded as Govt pushes ahead

Two groups charged by the last government with finding a solution to the freshwater management problem have been put on pause as the Labour-led coalition forges its own way ahead.

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Workshops to Discuss Water Reform Options

The Government is reviewing the framework within which three waters services are regulated and delivered. In-principle, decisions by Cabinet are expected in October.

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Health (Drinking Water) Amendment Bill 2018

The Government has introduced a Bill to shorten the consultation period required to make changes to the drinking water standards

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Government Response to Havelock North Drinking-Water Inquiry

This paper provides an update on the Government actions responding to the Government Inquiry into the Havelock North Drinking-Water Outbreak (the Inquiry) and seeks policy approval for initial amendments to the drinking-water provisions of the Health Act 1956.

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Southland's environment becoming less resilient to wastewater pollution

The effects of human activity are making Southland's natural environment less resilient to issues such as water pollution.

This was one of the key findings in a recently released report, looking into the current state of Southland's wastewater infrastructure.

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Regular Tank Cleaning is Key to Water Quality

THERE'S SOMETHING in the water, and it's probably not what you expect. An amazing array of items can be found in water tanks, from beer bottles to vermin.

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Water New Zealand Photo Competition Winner

Congratulations to Martin Scott from Hamilton City Council. The winner of our photo competition.

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​Water New Zealand welcomes new moves towards safer drinking water

Water New Zealand says the Government’s moves towards improving the safety of drinking water is a welcome step in the right direction.

The Government has announced that it is amending the Health Act to allow for faster and more efficient changes to outdated drinking water standards.

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Irish Water Delegation to Visit New Zealand

A small group from Irish Water will be visiting New Zealand in September/October this year.

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National Science Challenge 11 report

Please find attached the report for National Science Challenge 11.

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Report reveals unacceptable performance of many drinking water suppliers

Nearly two years on from the Havelock North campylobacter outbreak, one in five New Zealanders are drinking water from a public supply that does not meet current drinking water standards, according to the latest report on drinking water quality.

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Annual Report on Drinking-Water Quality 2016/17 published 28 June 2018

For your information and interest, the finalised Annual Report on Drinking-Water Quality 2016-2017 was published on the Ministry of Health's website on 28 June 2018.

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Proposals for a Zero Carbon Bill

The Ministry for the Environment has a Zero Carbon Bill discussion paper out for public comment.

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Taranaki council wins Supreme Court legal fight to put fluoride in water

The Supreme court has ruled in favour of South Taranaki District Council in its legal battle to add fluoride to the water supply in two towns.

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Support for Court Decision on Fluoride

The decision by the Supreme Court to support the fluoridation of public water supplies is a victory for common sense and evidence based decision making.

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​Final water forum report provides guidance for quality improvement

Water New Zealand says the recommendations from the Land and Water Forum provide the government with a clear pathway towards tackling the decline in water quality.

Chief executive John Pfahlert says the most recent report, released today, identifies key issues which have slowed progress towards better water management.

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Release of the third report under LGNZ’s Water 2050 project

An update from LGNZ on their Water 2050 project and outlines the release of their third piece of work.

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The Shaping of Water - Sunday Star Times

How Water New Zealand has rapidly become an industry 'go-to' group - Sunday Star Times report.

Please note factual errors - John Mackie is a board member but not Board Chair as incorrectly stated.

Water New Zealand promotes the sustainable management and development of the water environment. We have almost 2000 corporate and individual members made up of decision-makers and technologists from central and local government, industry, the academic and research communities, consultants as well as service and equipment supply organisations.

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Wellington manufacturers admit spilling plastic beads down storm water drains

A Lower Hutt plastics company has owned up for its part in the hundreds of thousands of plastic beads that are scattered around Wellington coastlines.

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Improvement of waterways could take decades

It could be years before high nitrate levels drop in South Canterbury catchments, a groundwater scientist says

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Stemming the flow - how Christchurch's top strategist plans to turn the tide on its water woes

The latest report on Christchurch's drinking water offers glimmers of hope among the grim reading. Dominic Harris sits down with new council water boss Helen Beaumont to find out how she plans to turn things around.

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Water standards 'need tightening' after antibiotic-resistant E coli found in Christchurch's Avon River

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria has been found in Christchurch's Avon River, leading scientists to urge city authorities to tighten water quality standards.

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Problem with wet wipes in wastewater system worsens

Of all the things Aucklanders force-flush down their toilets, wet wipes are especially concerning for Watercare.

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Whakatane group plans to fight water bottling plant

The expansion of a controversial water bottling plant near Whakatane is splitting the local community.

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Otago Regional Council focuses on urban water quality

Praise for the Otago Regional Council for focusing on urban water quality.

In its draft long-term plan, the council dedicated $3.32million over the next 10 years to focus on urban discharges and the effect on water quality.

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Mosgiel chlorine complaints drying up

A flood of complaints immediately following the introduction of Dunedin city water to Mosgiel’s water supply last year has slowed to a trickle.

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Water 'not fit for human consumption' warn health officials

About 120 households in rural Otago are being warned not to drink the water from their bores after testing found high levels of the faecal bacteria E. coli.

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Mentor Me - can you help?

As you may know, Engineering New Zealand have launched a mentoring pilot programme in Auckland called Mentor Me.

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Government signs off on Chinese water bottling expansion

The government has granted a Chinese-owned company permission to expand a water bottling plant in Whakatane.

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Council orders NZDF not to discharge stormwater with firefighting foam

A central North Island regional council has ordered the Defence Force to stop discharging stormwater with firefighting foam in it.

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The man behind Water New Zealand - and oil, mining and everything else

You'd think the man defending water chlorination in Christchurch would be running for the Port Hills but when it comes to political crises John Pfahlert has been there, done that.

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Questions raised over where New Zealand bottled water is coming from

New Zealand-based water bottlers are cashing in on picturesque Southern Alps landscapes, even if they're based nowhere near them, the Beverage Council says.

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Options for reform aired at Water Summit

Key issues of drinking water reform and freshwater management were discussed at a summit in Wellington last week run by LGNZ, Water New Zealand and IPWEA.

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Good farming practice plan a step forward for water quality

A plan to help farmers and growers reduce their impact on fresh water, through good farming practices, has been launched today.

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Water work yet to start?

Five months after the city council revealed Christchurch’s drinking water had been compromised, it appears not a single well head has been fixed.

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Water New Zealand Submission: Productivity Commission Low Emissions Economy

Submission: Productivity Commission Low Emissions Economy

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IEMA-NZ - Water Discussion Event

The Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA, www.iema.net) The NZ membership of IEMA was formed inApril 2017 to support IEMA and is supported by members located across Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Arup Global Water Annual Review

Urban water resilience is a key focus in ARUP's Global Water Annual Review 2017-18.

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Overhauling the water system - Mike Brewster interview

Mike Brewster, CEO of TasWater has been in New Zealand attending the Water Summit in Wellington.

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Gastro outbreaks may have gone undetected

There may have been smaller campylobacter outbreaks in Hawke's Bay that were never picked up by health officials, researchers studying the 2016 Havelock North outbreak say.

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Severn Trent's £60M thermal hydrolysis plant starts operating

Severn Trent's new thermal hydrolysis plant (THP) at its biggest sewage treatment works in Minworth, near Birmingham is starting to become operational, with 100 tonnes of sludge being processed on a daily basis.

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Overhaul of water system in the pipeline

A major overhaul of how water is regulated and delivered could be on the cards, with the government keen on fewer, larger suppliers.

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Big changes ahead in fight for water quality

The strains on New Zealand’s water infrastructure were a hot topic at a local government summit this week. Everyone is preparing for change, but concrete decisions from the Government still appear some time away.

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European Commission - Press release Single-use plastics: New EU rules to reduce marine litter

With the amount of harmful plastic litter in oceans and seas growing ever greater, the European Commission is proposing new EU-wide rules to target the 10 single-use plastic products most often found on Europe's beaches and seas, as well as lost and abandoned fishing gear.

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Summit aims to provide water sector with overview of likely reforms

Summit aims to provide water sector with overview of likely reforms

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NZ's water infrastructure is broken

NZ's water infrastructure is broken but Cabinet yet to decide how to fix it

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Water quality leads 10-year plan hearing

Water quality in Lake Hayes dominated submissions at an Otago Regional Council long-term plan hearing in Queenstown yesterday.

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Christchurch City Council making slow progress on repairing 102 well heads

The Christchurch City Council promised to upgrade 102 well heads within a year so it could stop chlorinating the city's water supply

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Christchurch mayor wants chlorination levels reduced after public outcry over taste, smell

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel is asking staff if they can reduce the level of chlorine in the water supply following residents' complaints to online media as well as print, and radio and TV , about the taste and smell of tap water.

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Regional sharing of knowledge and experiences across the water sector

Wellington Water hosted a central NZ (Tasman, Napier, New Plymouth) 3 waters Managers / Asset managers meeting on the 18th May.

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Innovative flusher gate tackles FOG in sewers

The HYDRAPULSE flusher gate, developed by engineers at Reece Innovation, harnesses the power of water to blast through the congealed debris that can clog sewers and storm drains.

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Climate Change Research Institute – MSc Project available

A fully-funded MSc project is available through the School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington which will contribute to the ‘Living at the Edge’ programme and the ‘Economics’ toolbox of the Resilience to Nature’s Challenges National Science Challenge.

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PhD Scholarship in Māori River Restoration

The Rivers Group would like to take this opportunity to inform you about the University of Auckland Marsden Grant PhD Scholarship in Māori River Restoration,which may be of interest to you.

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What we flush

Alex Casey goes on an odyssey to discover the fate of Auckland’s disposable sanitary waste.

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Setting research priorities for impacts of climate change on drought

As part of the government funded science challenges, Water New Zealand has been invited to participate in “Deep South Science Challenge” dialogue on drought. The outcomes of the dialogue will be funded research projects that look at the Impacts and Implications of climate projections of drought.

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Productivity Commission Low-emissions economy draft report

The Productivity Commission recently released a paper examining options for NZ to move to a low emissions economy.

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Seven Sharp – Should wet wipes be banned in New Zealand for the sake of the environment?

Seven Sharp – Should wet wipes be banned in New Zealand for the sake of the environment?

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Government has a clear mandate to clean up freshwater

The Environmental Defence Society says that the reaction to Environment Minister David Parkers comments about cows has been ill-informed.

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Stormwater education & training needs survey

In 2017, Water New Zealand’s Stormwater Education and Training Subgroup sent out a survey to Stormwater practitioners. We had 137 people respond with input identifying future training needs in the stormwater space. Now we need more details from you!

We want to know if your needs have changed and if the same feedback applies, so we are reaching out to even more of you for feedback.

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Consultation open on Health and Safety at Work Strategy

Worksafe NZ is consulting on their draft Health and Safety Strategy.

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Nanaia Mahuta discusses iwi water rights, pollution reduction

Nanaia Mahuta is the Minister for Maori Development and an Associate Minister for the Environment. She discusses iwi water rights, pollution reduction with Guyon Espiner.

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Iwi water rights, farm pollution separate issues - Ardern

The government plans to set new limits on how much pollution farmers can put in waterways - an announcement that will have huge ramifications for the agriculture sector.

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New water pollution rules may hit dairy land values

New rules which set limits on how much pollution farmers can put in to waterways are set to have a huge impact on how we use land and water.

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Draft Terms of Reference for review of approach to joint A/NZ standards

Attached is the draft terms of reference for the review of New Zealand’s approach to joint A/NZ standards.

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Only you can prevent gross, smelly fatbergs from clogging up city sewers, says inspector

A fatberg is a congealed mass found in sewer systems combining non-biodegradable solid matter such as wet wipes with grease or cooking fat.

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NZC in Workplace Health and Safety Practice (Level 3) consultation - Feedback required by 31st May 2018

The consultation phase for the NZC in Workplace Health and Safety Practice (Level 3) is now available for feedback. You can find more information and the feedback document online:

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Future of ‘three waters’ still unclear

The quality of drinking water became huge news last year after a report into the Havelock North gastro outbreak revealed people across the country were likely to be drinking unsafe water.

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Major Govt water review: Sector calls for new regulator

The water sector has made fresh calls for a new independent regulator as the Government launches a major review to tackle New Zealand's water woes.

The Department of Internal Affairs-led review will probe the way the "three waters" - wastewater, stormwater and drinking water - are managed.

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Apprenticeship in Water Treatment Launched

Connexis are excited to announce the new NZ Apprenticeship in Water Treatment has just launched.

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Q+A: Why some ratepayers are falling foul of councils wastewater management

Q+A: Why some ratepayers are falling foul of councils wastewater management

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Seven Sharp - Why does Christchurch tap water need chlorine when bottled water doesn't?

Seven Sharp - Why does Christchurch tap water need chlorine when bottled water doesn't?

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Mayor eyes task force on water treatment

Christchurch City Council has reiterated its determination to rid the city’s water of chlorine in 12 months as the mayor signals creating a task force to ensure chlorination is temporary.

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Can Christchurch swallow chlorination?

If a leading water quality consultant is right about the state of Christchurch’s drinking water supply, then the region may have its head in Canterbury river gravel about the risks to that supply.

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Water bores and casings

THE HAVELOCK NORTH water inquiry highlighted widespread systemic failure in our drinking water system.

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Christchurch water supply 'at risk' from unmonitored bores

Christchurch's drinking water supply is likely to end up being chlorinated permanently – and repairing faulty well heads will not change that.

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Deep South National Science Challenge Media Release

Coping in the face of climate change: Research announced to better support our communities

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Toxic fire foam chemicals reach town supply in Marlborough

More properties are testing positive for toxic chemicals in the groundwater near Base Woodbourne, in Marlborough, with drinking water and irrigation supplies affected.

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Climate Change & Stormwater and Wastewater Systems

Motu Note #29, Communities and climate change: Vulnerability to rising seas and more frequent flooding

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$700,000 fine for making false and misleading representations about ‘flushable’ wipes

Water New Zealand is behind the Australian Water Association who is welcoming the judgement of the Federal Court of Australia to fine Pental $700,000 for making false and misleading representations about their White King ‘flushable’ wipes.

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PFOS, PFOA

Documents relating to PFOS and PFOA

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Charging for water use

Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel softly dropped the idea in recent days that it might be time for her city to reconsider the vexed issue of charging based on water usage.

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American “Farm Bill” Protecting Sources of Drinking Water

The American Water Works Association cheers the new “Farm Bill” which brings more attention to the issue of protecting sources of drinking water through conservation practices funded by the Farm Bill.

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Australian Rainfall and Runoff (ARR)

Hydralinc Australia have developed a new tool based on ARR 2016 blockage of hydraulic structures for flood and stormwater modelling.

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SOLGM Media Release - Southland District Council Engineer wins Local Government Emerging Leader Award

Southland District Council’s Senior Project Engineer for Water and Waste Services, Matt Keil, was awarded local government’s prestigious Brookfields Emerging Leader of Year Award last night at a Gala Dinner held in Auckland.

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Big increase in sewage overflows likely to continue

Communities around the country will continue to face big increases in sewage overflows unless steps are taken to significantly upgrade storm and waste water infrastructure.

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Chlorine could last for years

Christchurch mayor adamant city's water supply will be chlorine-free in 12 months, despite report saying could take 3 years.

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Whose water is it anyway?

Fresh water today is slippery business. Large amounts of the resource are being siphoned into the pockets of private, overseas bottle companies by virtue of council consents.

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'Shocking' how bad waterways have become

New Zealand faces big challenges, including a ``shocking decline'' in the state of our waterways, Environment Minister David Parker warned yesterday.

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Councils are already struggling with swimmability targets.

Councils are already struggling with swimmability targets. Here's why that's a problem

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Water company a missed opportunity

Waipa District Council is standing its ground, having voted for a second time not to form a water company with Hamilton City Council.

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Govt to honour earlier irrigation commitments

The Government has begun winding down public subsidies for large-scale irrigation projects, but has agreed to honour previous commitments to existing schemes and three that are still in the works.

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Regional councils set draft regional targets for swimmable lakes and rivers

Regional councils are this month announcing draft targets that are a step towards the goal of 90 per cent of rivers and lakes being swimmable by 2040.

The draft regional targets draw on information contained in a report prepared jointly by Regional Councils, the Ministry for the Environment and the Ministry of Primary Industries, with advice from technical experts. Councils have until the end of this year to discuss the draft regional targets with their communities and finalise them.

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Water chlorinating underway in Christchurch

The process of flushing Christchurch's water supply with chlorine is underway, ending its reign as the only major New Zealand city not to treat its water.

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Hawke's Bay company facing a $600,000 fine over discharges into estuary

A company in Hawke's Bay faces a fine of up to $600,000 for discharging waste into Ahuriri Estuary.

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Christchurch starts chlorinating its water

Christchurch residents are about to start tasting chlorine in their water.

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Opinion: It’s time ratepayers stopped picking up the bill for tourists.

Opinion: It’s time ratepayers stopped picking up the bill for tourists.

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World Water Day time to celebrate community efforts

World Water Day is a time to celebrate the efforts of the many thousands of New Zealanders who are taking action to improve water quality and restore our streams, lakes and rivers, says Environment Minister David Parker.

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​Better design and innovation needed for long term water sustainability

New Zealand will need to become more innovative in the way we deliver and manage drinking water, waste water and stormwater in order to deal with the challenges we are facing.

Today (March 22) is World Water Day and Water New Zealand Chief Executive John Pfahlert says this year’s theme ‘Nature for Water’ is particularly pertinent given the issues that we are confronting.

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Wetlands hold secret ingredient of future water quality

Wetlands are the kidneys of the land – filtering, absorbing and transforming contaminants before they can affect streams or lakes.

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No action on rising seas without law change

Coromandel property owners and buyers will soon get a heads-up about sea level risk.

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Shane Te Pou: Water the Government’s biggest fault line

The country’s most valuable asset is being taken off shore, and degraded back home, writes Shane Te Pou. So why hasn’t anything been done?

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Phil Goff’s legacy plan - 1000 clean beaches

He wants money. More than that, he wants public buy-in, so when the Auckland Council spends this money ratepayers will be happy about it.

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Ecologist rejects ECan's 90 per cent swimmable rivers target

Massey University freshwater ecologist Mike Joy says Environment Canterbury's proposals to clean up Canterbury's rivers lack teeth and won't stop the ongoing decline.

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Chinese company drills water bore in Christchurch despite council warning

A Newshub investigation has found a Chinese company drilled a 170m bore hole on a Christchurch site so it can bottle water for export.

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​PFAS contamination investigation underway

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Government agencies are working together to fully understand and address the issue of PFAS contamination following revelations that traces of the banned substance used in firefighting foam have been found in groundwater near some Defence Force bases.

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Chlorine protest at Hastings council drinking-water pop-up

Hastings district councillors, mayor Sandra Hazlehurst and council staff got more than they bargained for from their first community drinking-water "pop-up box".

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Date set for water chlorination In Christchurch

The temporary treatment of water in Christchurch will begin from March 26.

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Wellington's summer heat results in record number of leaks in drinking-water pipes

A record-breaking 2140 leaks in drinking-water pipes were reported to Wellington City Council in December 2017

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Water supply in the spotlight

BIG changes how Southland’s drinking water supply is managed are likely, Water New Zealand environmental scientist Jim Graham says.

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Western Bay of Plenty learning lessons from Havelock North water contamination crisis

Lessons learned from the Havelock North bore water contamination crisis will be applied to the Western Bay District Council.

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Door still open for shared water company between Waipa and Hamilton

Hamilton City Council is holding the door open for a shared water company with Waipa District Council after a potential judicial review of the decision was received by Waipa.

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Okains Bay residents want safe drinking water

Residents of a small Banks Peninsula village are calling on the Christchurch City Council to build a $2.6 million water scheme so they can safely drink the tap water.

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Sewage sinks swim

Takapuna Beach's poor water quality issues prompt ocean swim to relocate on Auckland's North Shore

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Ministerial Review Better Responses to Natural Disasters and Other Emergencies

During 2017 the Government undertook a review into the civil defence system in NZ. The results were published in late November last year, and officials are now considering what changes to the Civil Defence and Emergency Management (CDEM) system. Change is afoot and so it’s timely to reflect on the likely direction of travel, since water utilities are a central plank of resilience considerations in emergency management.

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MOH Updates

DWO User Survey and Publication of water safety plans and DWA reports

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Freshwater policy update

Minister for the Environment, David Parker, has signalled that he wants to toughen up water quality standards.

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Development of rainfall and runoff guidelines has begun!

It is only a few small steps and there is a lot more work to do.But it is a step in the right direction.

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BRANZ Residential Water Use Project: Newsletter

Please find attached the first BRANZ bi-monthly newsletter.

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University of Canterbury new course 2018: Infrastructure systems - Criticality and Lifelines

The University of Canterbury has released a new Masters course Infrastructure Systems - Criticality and Lifelines, to be delivered later this year.

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Water Complaints Scheme established by Utilities Disputes

The disputes resolution service for utility companies will now take public enquiries and complaints about water in the Auckland region. Utilities Disputes’ new Water Complaints Scheme gives Watercare customers access to the free, independent and fair service when they have issues that have not been resolved to their satisfaction.

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Deposit schemes reduce drink containers in the ocean by 40%

Plastic waste in the ocean is a global problem; some eight million metric tonnes of plastic ends up in the ocean every year.

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Why do we need to treat groundwater to make it safe to drink?

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Mike Joy opinion: Chlorinating water is admitting environmental failure

The recent call for chlorination of all water supplies marks a sad landmark in New Zealand's environmental history. It is the latest in a series of related markers of freshwater pollution. We have reached the point where three quarters of our native freshwater fish species hit the threatened list and passed the point where more than half our rivers became unswimmable.

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Councils concerned by possible drinking water changes

Wholesale change is coming to New Zealand water supplies if the Havelock North drinking water inquiry has its way, and southern councils are worried about the costs to their water assets.

Water New Zealand environmental scientist Jim Graham and technical manager Noel Roberts were in Invercargill on Tuesday to explain the recommendations from the inquiry to southern council representatives.

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Rivers more swimmable than ever in Horizons region

The latest report on the state of the waterways in the Horizons region show interventions are contributing to water quality improvements.

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Workforce Capability Strategy

Water New Zealand is kicking off a project in 2018 that will explore these challenges and develop a strategy and plan of action for resolving them.

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Here's one final challenge for miracle-worker Jacinda - Bring drinking water fountains to New Zealand's playgrounds and parks.

Now that she's tamed the fearsome Titewhai, and brought peace to the battlefields of Waitangi, here's one final challenge for miracle-worker Jacinda. Bring drinking water fountains to New Zealand's playgrounds and parks.

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​Councils and water sector eager to grasp Havelock North implications

There’s been an overwhelming response to a series of seminars around the country on the future of water delivery in this country following the Havelock North inquiry.

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Feedback sought on ISO proposal to develop a community scale resource oriented sanitation treatment systems standard

Standards NZ have received notification from ISO about a proposed NWIP in relation to ‘community scale resource oriented sanitation treatment systems’.

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Water New Zealand welcomes Christchurch water chlorination decision

Christchurch City Councillors have made the right decision today to chlorinate the city’s water supply.

Water New Zealand Technical Manager Noel Roberts says chlorination is the most cost-effective means of minimising the risk of public illness as a result of water contamination and should be seen as the last barrier of protection.

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Govt should pay for NZ water chlorination - expert

A water engineer says the treatment of drinking water isn't a local issue anymore and should be addressed - and paid for - at a national level. His call comes as Christchurch city council votes on whether to chlorinate its water supply temporarily - and Timaru is considering a permanent move for some supplies - if it can get the money.

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Christchurch water chlorination urgently needed to protect public health

Water New Zealand strongly supports the call for Christchurch’s water to be chlorinated.

Technical manager Noel Roberts says untreated ground water cannot be guaranteed to be safe and councils that do not treat drinking water are taking a risk with the health and safety of their communities.

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Christchurch's water should be temporarily treated after report finds drinking wells 'may be susceptible to contamination'

Christchurch's drinking water should be temporarily chlorinated after it was found the city's wells may be in danger of contamination, Canterbury's public health boss recommended.

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Life on the edge

This follows two reports from Niwa, warning the country tends to react to events rather than prepare for them.

Local Government New Zealand president and Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull told Nine to Noon many councils were unprepared and would not have the money to cope with erosion risk in their communities.

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Chch council gets Havelock response update

Christchurch City Council will get an update on how staff are responding to the Havelock North drinking water inquiry that set up a raft of recommendations to improve the nation's inadequate water supply.

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Timaru Council proposes water charging for infrastructure upgrade

Water meters may be on the cards for the Timaru District with the release of the area's draft financial strategy.

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Hefty fines loom for Auckland property developers polluting waterways, leaving rubbish

One street at Flatbush in East Auckland was targeted today, with 13 of the 15 building sites failing to meet environmental standards.

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Residents call for better water

Residents of Waiuku have started a petition about the quality of their water. More than 1000 people signed the petition within 48 hours, which will be delivered to Auckland Council.

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Fresh start for water quality standards

The Government is pushing ahead with plans to make freshwater standards stricter in a bid to improve water quality, the Minister for the Environment says.

Preliminary work to create a new national freshwater policy has begun, with formal plans expected to start by the middle of the year.

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Bold decisions needed quickly to improve drinking water quality

Fixing our drinking water issues requires bold decisions and leadership by central government. Water New Zealand's CEO John Pfahlert, speaking on RNZ says it's imperative the government moves quickly to avoid another contamination outbreak.

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Govt urged to act quickly on drinking water changes

The government is being urged to announce changes to improve drinking water quickly or risk losing support for change.

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Masterton leaking 5 million litres a day

Water is one of New Zealand’s most precious commodities, yet we’re losing more than 101 billion litres of it every year through leaks and wastage. One of the worst offenders in terms of water wastage is Masterton.

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Home truths on climate change: Kiwi lifestyles will need to adapt as climate change bites harder

Alistair Hughes decided to go off-grid to save money – but many of his home’s features may soon become necessities as Kiwi households learn to cope with the changing climate.

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$3.3m to replace asbestos pipeline

A 9.1 kilometre cement trunk line at the centre of an asbestos scare in Temuka will be replaced by Easter at a cost of $3.3 million, the Timaru District Council has decided.

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How we're wasting 100 billion litres of water every year

Water is one of New Zealand's most precious commodities, yet we're losing more than 101 billion litres of it every year through leaks and wastage.

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Expert says NZ rules around toxic foam contamination too lax - RNZ

An investigation has begun into toxic, banned firefighting foam to find out where it's still being used and stored. At the same time, a United States expert is warning that New Zealand's acceptable levels for drinking water contamination from the foam are way too lax.

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Beneficial use of Organic Materials on Productive Land

The updated draft documents are now available for further public comment here. Submissions on this second draft will close at 5pm Friday, 9 March 2018.

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Statement from the Director-General of Health following the Havelock North Drinking Water Inquiry

The Director General of Health has just released the attached public health statement calling for improvements in drinking water identified in the Havelock North Drinking Water Inquiry to be actioned.

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Water company rejected

Waipa District Council Media Release

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QLDC to chlorinate all water

Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) will begin proactively disinfecting all water supplies under its control before Christmas.

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Manawatu water being checked after Havelock North outbreak

Work is under way to ensure Manawatu's drinking water supplies are up to scratch, after the debilitating Havelock North gastro outbreak.

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Chlorinating the water

Queenstown Lakes District Council has begun chlorinating the water in the region

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Poll rejects new council

Local Government Commission Media Release

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Brian Rudman: Douse the water deniers

In the wake of the Havelock North mass poisoning inquiry, you do have to despair at what the democratic system can throw up — if I can use such an expression at this time.

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Auckland water company joins the Leading Utilities of the World network

We have been advised the progress results for the Wairarapa poll on a combined new Wairarapa District Council are sufficiently clear to call a result: Wairarapa electors have voted against the proposal.

I’m attaching our media release and the progress results form from Electionz.com.

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Water New Zealand's Jim Graham, Noel Roberts: Ground water never safe

The findings and recommendations of stage 2 of the Havelock North water contamination inquiry released this December jolted many New Zealanders out of their 100 per cent pure misconception about groundwater quality.

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Waikato DHB told to make changes after losing drinking water accreditation

Waikato District Health Board has lost its drinking water accreditation.

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December NZLTC Newsletter

In it you will find a spotlight on research the National Science Challenge, The Deep South is doing and there are clear links to land treatment in NZ.

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Hundreds of thousands Kiwis take 'reckless' risks drinking untreated water, experts say

Hundreds of thousands of people in New Zealand drink untreated water, a practice international experts say is "unacceptably risky".

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Connexis Press Release: New Water & Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Training Programme: Enrolments Open February 2018.

December 7, 2017: Connexis are pleased to announce that enrolments into the new water treatment plant operator training programmes will open in February 2018.

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Microbeads ban announced by Government

The Government will ban the sale and manufacture of plastic microbeads, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today.

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Fallout from The Havelock North Drinking Water Inquiry continues

Fallout from the Havelock North Drinking Water Inquiry continues as the Government considers a raft of recommendations to deal with our inadequate drinking water system.

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Major reform urgently needed in drinking water supply

Water New Zealand is urging the Government to implement the recommendations of the Havelock North Drinking Water Inquiry without delay.

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Havelock North Drinking Water Inquiry Stage 2 Report and media releases

The Havelock North Drinking Water Inquiry panel has released its Stage 2 Report.

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Jim Graham and Noel Roberts: Lessons from Havelock North

The highly anticipated final report of the Havelock North drinking water inquiry is due to be released this week

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Will the government’s proposed export water bottle tax cause trade headaches?

Will the government’s proposed export water bottle tax cause trade headaches?

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Napier residents’ water consumption nearly twice the national average.

Napier residents’ water consumption nearly twice the national average.

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Microbead ban welcomed

Minister for the Environment David Parker and Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage today welcomed Cabinet approval of the regulations banning microbeads.

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NZ Utilities Advisory Group Newsletter, Issue 11, November 2017

The latest edition of NZUAG News, edition 11, is now available.

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KoroSan Guidelines for Village Sanitation in Fiji

The WASH Koro Project has released a series of practical KoroSan guidelines to support uptake of improved sanitation services in Fijian villages and settlements.

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Amendments to the Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2017

The Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2017 will come into force on Friday 1 December 2017, along with a number of corrections and minor amendments to clarify the intent of certain provisions.

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Worksafe Media Release: Negligent asbestos removal puts others at risk

Worksafe are reminding businesses and property owners that a negligent approach to removing asbestos not only puts you at risk, but also those around you.

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Flood specialist joins international committee

New Zealand civil engineer, Alastair Barnett has recently been elected to full membership of the Flood Risk Management Technical Committee of the International Association for Hydro- Environment Engineering and Research.

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Improvements still needed in safety of drinking water

Almost one-third of drinking water supply in the Manawatu needs immediate work to fix potential risks to public health, an independent report has found.

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Backflow prevention programs hampered by lack of funds, staff

Less than half of utilities are required to take action after a cross-connection contamination event has occurred, according to respondents to AWWA’s first-ever backflow prevention survey.

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Seminars on the Implications of the Havelock North Inquiry

In February 2018, Water New Zealand will be delivering a series of seminars on the outcomes of the Havelock North Inquiry.

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Metadata and the National Pipe database project

As an outcome from the National Pipe database project, five Water Entities have taken on the challenge of applying the metadata standards to their asset databases.

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Emergency Mobile Alert

MCDEM is partnering with other authorised agencies – New Zealand Police, Ministry for Primary Industries, Ministry of Health, Civil Defence Emergency Management Groups and Fire and Emergency New Zealand– to use the Emergency Mobile Alerts to alert people if their lives, property or health are at serious risk.

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Land-based system a focus for future

A Maori-owned farming business has taken a leading role in raising the benchmark in terms of effluent disposal on its 13 Taranaki dairy farms.

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Association Updates as of 23 November

Association Updates ending 23 November

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Editorial: Need for change reaches high-water mark

Coastal flooding and tidal surges are expected to be more frequent and fierce in the decades ahead, undermining the foothold of many coast communities.

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Editorial: Central government needs to help councils deal with coastal hazards

OPINION: Twenty-five thousand property owners will have to consider the implications for their homes and investments after an updated report was released on how rising sea levels will affect Christchurch.

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Councils highlight growth infrastructure as urgent issue

Local Government New Zealand says funding growth infrastructure is the highest priority for councils and welcomes the Government’s plans to review local government costs and revenue.

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Water Use/Water Demand documents

Water New Zealand has uploaded research papers on water use/water demand to the Water Efficiency & Conservation Network Group webpage.

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Worksafe Update precast concrete consultation and hazardous substances updates

Public consultation on two documents about precast concrete work is open and communications around upcoming Hazardous Substances Regulations.

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WEF Water Leadership Institute (WLI) 2018 now accepting applications!

The Water Leadership Institute program is aimed at educating, training, and providing opportunities that enable developing and emerging leaders to build strong lasting relationships within the water industry.

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Submission for Water New Zealand on the Proposed Waikato Shared Waters Management Company

Water New Zealand is seeking feedback on the draft Submission for Water New Zealand on the Proposed Waikato Shared Waters Management Company.

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New report assesses coastal hazards risk

The challenges communities face in adapting to climate change are highlighted in a new report assessing the coastal hazards across Christchurch and Banks Peninsula.

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Wellington region's stopbanks and floodgates in poor condition

Nearly 200 of the Wellington region's stopbanks and floodgates are in a poor or very poor condition, with some at imminent threat of collapse.

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Water solutions now 'number one issue' for NZ councils

Too much, too little, or coming in where it's not welcome -- water is the number one issue keeping the country's local councils awake at night.

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Updating Membership Contact Details

Please remember to keep us up to date with any changes to your contact details.

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Lifelines Forum in Auckland on the 31st Oct – 1st Nov

Water NZ is a member of the National Lifelines Council and attended and presented at this forum.

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Auckland Council - Three Waters: Value for Money (S1&A) Review 2017

Auckland Council has just completed “value for money” review of the benefits of combining Auckland Councils Stormwater services with those of Watercare.

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How the Auckland Council could save $30m a year

Combining the Auckland Council's water company with its in-house drainage operation could save $30 million a year.

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Climate change will hammer New Zealand's drainage systems

New research into the effects of climate change says New Zealand's drainage systems need a major and expensive upgrade if they're to cope.

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Perceived Risk of Using Treated Wastewater - invitation to particpate

This research is motivated by concern over the increase in population which also increases demand for water. Wastewater is the only source of alternative water that grows as population increases.

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Water system report shows need for climate change preparation

Water New Zealand says a new report has highlighted the serious risk our infrastructure is facing because of climate change.

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Science to rule on farming's role in ETS

Farmers are relieved that science - rather than politics - will decide whether agriculture should be included in the Emissions Trading Scheme.

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Water system report shows urgent need for climate change preparation

Water New Zealand says a new report has highlighted the serious risk our infrastructure is facing because of climate change.

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NZ faces challenges as it moves to address a patchwork system of regional water infrastructure

The water system of England and Wales was privatised under the administration of Margaret Thatcher in 1989. However, attempts to do the same in Scotland were met with significant opposition, and the utilities were ultimately centralised and kept in public hands.

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Climate change: five ways it could harm us

We think of climate change as a gargantuan global crisis that will transform our environment in ways we can barely begin to imagine.

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New report out on the human health impacts of climate change in NZ

The Royal Society has released a new report on climate change that looks at the human health impacts in NZ across a range of factors.

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Shared Waters Management Company in the Waikato – member views on a Water New Zealand submission

Waipa District and Hamilton City Councils have released a Statement of Proposal to form a Shared Water Management Company (a non-asset owning Council Controlled Organisation) to manage drinking water, wastewater and stormwater services on behalf of both councils.

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Robust and fair water policy needed in wake of water tax dumping

Water New Zealand Chief Executive John Pfahlert says he’s not surprised that the government has dropped its controversial water tax on irrigators but has left a royalty on water bottlers.

However, he says it’s unfortunate that the government has made these policy changes in the absence of a wider, and more important, discussion about water pricing.

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Association News 26 October

Keep up to date with what Water New Zealand has been doing over recent weeks.

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Water Quality NEMS Draft for Comment available from 20 October 2017

The National Environmental Monitoring Standard (NEMS) – Water Quality is available for feedback and comments.

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Water New Zealand Stormwater Group – Stormwater Management Survey

You are invited to take part in a research survey regarding the collaboration of urban site design teams (architects, landscape architects, engineers, planners etc.) in the design of sustainable stormwater management systems.

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Our slow-moving disaster as sea level rises

A look at the effect that rising sea levels will have on our communities and the infrastructure that holds them together. Report by the Herald's science reporter.

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South Canterbury DHB urges people to monitor their private wells following report on nitrates, E.Coli

Fears of nitrates potentially causing "blue baby syndrome" have prompted the South Canterbury District Health board to tell families, and particularly pregnant women, to check their water is safe if they are using a private bore.

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Auckland Council plans an extra $600m to clean up Waitemata Harbour

Auckland Council is looking to spend a further $600 million to reduce diluted sewage pouring into Waitemata Harbour and onto inner city beaches nearly every time it rains.

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Concerns raised over nitrates' effects on babies

Increased irrigation in Canterbury is putting newborn babies at increased risk from water contamination, a medical officer of health says.

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Pipe Renewals Guidance Programme Update

This is a general update to keep interested parties abreast of progress with the Pipe Renewals Guidance Programme

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Conference Papers and September Journal available online

Water New Zealand's recent conference papers, presentations and journals are now available online.

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NZ Pure cans its plan to take 6.9 million litres of water a day from Blue Spring

A water bottling company has withdrawn its application to take 6.9 million litres of water a day from Putaruru's Blue Spring to send overseas.

NZ Pure Blue Springs Limited told the Waikato Regional Council it would withdraw its resource consent application on Tuesday morning, a Waikato Regional Council spokesman said.

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$11 million pipeline required to fix Lower Hutt drinking water

The cost of treating Lower Hutt's contaminated water supply has escalated to $11 million, with a 1.5-kilometre pipeline needed to divert water away from the Waterloo treatment plant.

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Next Government has powerful mandate to tackle water quality challenge

As negotiations continue over which parties will form the next government, it is clear the environment – particularly water quality - has become one of the major policy issues to tackle.

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Denitrificaton wall could be answer to nitrate problems

Farmers trying to lift the water quality of rivers might get help from a nitrate wall proposed to go into Silverstream Reserve near Kaiapoi to lower the steam's high nitrate levels.

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Fencing of waterways an effective tool to combat pollution

Fencing of waterways has proven very effective where it has been used to combat the risks of contamination from agriculture, AgResearch says.

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Most river pollution comes from streams that don't need fencing, research shows

Most of New Zealand's river pollution comes from streams that would be exempt from waterway fencing rules, new research shows.

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New Zealand Lifelines Infrastructure Vulnerability Assessment

The New Zealand Lifelines Council has now completed the attached report ‘New Zealand Lifelines Infrastructure Vulnerability Assessment: Stage 1 September 2017’ which provides a summary of New Zealand’s national lifelines infrastructure and vulnerability to hazards.

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Climate change - gaining traction on intractable issues

Water New Zealand has been working with the Deep South Challenge to help facilitate better understanding in our communities around the potential impacts of climate change on New Zealand’s water infrastructure.

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Leadership, not fear-mongering, needed over waterways

Fish & Game NZ's chief executive Bryce Johnson says politicians should take note of Water New Zealand's survey which found that 73 percent of New Zealanders are concerned about water quality.

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Havelock North report shows economic value of water treatment

A report revealing that Havelock North’s water contamination outbreak has cost around $21million shows that effective water treatment makes economic sense.

Water New Zealand CEO John Pfahlert says it cost just $1million to install a water treatment plant for the Havelock North community following the outbreak.

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World Rivers Day heralds boost for water quality data

Understanding and improving our waterways requires high quality information and communities can now access the latest on their rivers, lakes and streams thanks to fresh data available today.

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NZ 'rolling dice' with untreated water - Canadian expert

A visiting Canadian water scientist says he is at a loss to understand why all drinking water in New Zealand is not treated to avoid the risk of illness.

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​Survey reveals New Zealanders have major concerns about water quality

A nationwide survey has revealed that the majority of New Zealanders are concerned about pollution and the impacts of climate change and intensive agriculture on water quality.

The survey, undertaken by Water New Zealand, also found that most New Zealanders want to see charging for water extraction, particularly by water bottlers and other commercial interests as well as the agricultural sector.

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Untreated drinking water poses huge health risk – Drinking Water Workshop

Drinking water suppliers have been told they are taking a big risk with the health of their communities if they do not treat drinking water for possible contamination.

Visiting water contamination expert, Dr Steve Hrudey from the University of Alberta told an audience at the Water New Zealand Drinking Water Workshop in Hamilton that the Havelock North contamination was caused by a number of systemic failures.

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Water New Zealand Annual General Meeting - Important Information

Important information for the upcoming Annual General Meeting.

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International Drinking Water Expert and Conference Keynote : Steve Hrudey Radio interview this week – “Chlorine: not agent of the devil”

One of the world's leading water contamination experts says New Zealand is vulnerable to another drinking water crisis because of a lack of chlorination.

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Association Updates

Find out more about the latest news from the Association.

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Expression of Interest - Twinning Partnership with Solomon Water Water and Waste Water Expertise Technical Coaching and Mentoring

To facilitate our vision of “Safe Water for a Healthy Nation”, we are looking to form an agreement with a water utility partner to work in collaboration with us to support our staff in building capacity and increasing technical skills and competencies, contributing to the creation of a sustainable organization that can deliver on its full range of commitments and projects.

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Water front and centre

Water is one of the hot topics this election, and is becoming one of the issues of our time.

From quantity to quality, rights to royalties, seldom it seems has this substance — that is fundamental to life and leisure in New Zealand — been so fiercely debated.

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Farmers need support to improve water quality

Good publicity, collaboration and support are vital for farmer involvement in cleaning up waterways, a report on the Rere water quality project has found.

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Four Otago waterways decried as 'lost rivers'

Four Otago rivers have been described as ''lost rivers'' by a national fishing group, which says they are now unable to be fished because of water quality and flow issues.

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Metadata Standards Released

This is an update on the development of Metadata Standards for the three waters network.

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Govt coastal erosion efforts 'too little, too late'

It's too little, too late from the government on rising sea levels, an expert says after a leaked report, and councils are having to bear the brunt.

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Havelock North - the way forward

International evidence can help provide lessons from last year's water contamination at Havelock North, writes John Pfahlert.

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Election policy series: The battle over our rivers

What to do about the alarming state of New Zealand's lakes and rivers has predictably dominated the environment space in the run-up to this election.

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Additional Conference Presentation by Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health have been allocated an additional slot at the Water New Zealand Conference to cover a range of topics arising out of the Havelock North Inquiry.

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Waikato region technical documents – members may wish to provide feedback

Members who operate in the Waikato region may be interested in a series of technical specifications currently out for comment, and others in the pipeline.

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Land and Information New Zealand update you on national elevation data

This is an important dataset for New Zealand, and through a pilot project where they worked with several regional councils to make data for their regions freely available from the LINZ Data Service for reuse.

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Understanding Industry Changes

Researchers at BRANZ are currently exploring the human factors behind the construction and infrastructure industry's willingness or otherwise to adopt new practices.

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Herald water tax survey backs earlier Water New Zealand findings

A poll by the NZ Herald newspaper supports earlier findings of a survey by Water New Zealand showing that the majority of New Zealanders are in favour of charging for water extraction.

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Insight: How Safe is Your Drinking Water?

Safe, clean drinking water is essential to public health and a core service of local authorities, but not all parts of New Zealand enjoy the luxury of being certain their water won't make them sick.

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Without changes, gastro crisis will happen again - Water NZ boss

A new Ministry of Health report shows more than 80,000 New Zealanders are receiving publicly-supplied water that has failed bacteria standards.

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NZ's drinking water compliance totally inadequate - Water NZ

Publicly supplied water for more than 80,000 people in New Zealand has failed on bacteria standards, an official review shows.

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A good start, but water charge plan flawed

Labour’s water charge plan isn’t perfect, say commentators, but it’s an important step down the road to equitable use of a public asset. Dave Hansford reports.

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Council decides bottling Waihou River requires iwi consent

An application to pump water from a Waikato spring for bottling will require consent from Raukawa iwi, the Waikato District Council (WDC) has decided.

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Survey reveals overwhelming support for water charging

Nine out of ten New Zealanders believe that there should be a charge for extracting water from the environment for bottled water and similar industries, according to a recent survey by Water New Zealand.

The New Zealand Water Consumer Survey 2017 received nearly 5000 respondents and is the first nationwide examination of New Zealanders’ attitudes to a wide range of issues associated with water.

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Calling for nominations for Water New Zealand 2017 awards - Deadline Extended

“Every year we run these awards because the conference provides a great opportunity for our members to show our appreciation of the work of our colleagues and the professionalism of the water sector,” says Water New Zealand Chief Executive John Pfahlert.

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Chinese company seeks consent to draw 580 million litres of pristine spring water

A Chinese-owned company has applied to draw up to 580 million litres of water a year from the pristine Otakiri Springs, near Whakatane, to bottle and ship overseas.

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Editorial: What lessons can we take from the gastro crisis?

Access to clean drinking water is a basic right. Most of us have taken it for granted most of our lives. We expect to be able to turn on the tap and have pure, drinkable water flow out.

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Water crisis damages New Zealand's clean green image

New Zealand's clean, green brand may have taken a hit internationally after the Havelock North water crisis last year.

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Years of work ahead on Hawke's Bay water from gastro fallout

As well as striking down more than 5000 residents, and being New Zealand's largest outbreak of water-borne disease, the Havelock North gastro outbreak raised questions, and threw doubt on the security of drinking water - not just in Hastings, but across the country.

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Experts slam debate

Water chlorination has saved hundreds of thousands of lives globally and should not be a debate in New Zealand, scientists say.

Chlorine has been used to disinfect water supplies around the world for more than 100 years but is not mandatory in New Zealand and many water supplies are untreated.

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Operation Oxfam

Oxfam has taken the popular water challenge to another level - experience Operation Oxfam! Disasters don't discriminate. They can happen at any time, to anyone. Would you be prepared?

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Revised Freshwater Policy Will Help Improve New Zealand’s Freshwater Management

PRESS RELEASE

9 August 2017

Revised Freshwater Policy Will Help Improve New Zealand’s Freshwater Management

The government has taken an important step in improving New Zealand’s freshwater management in the revised National Policy Statement on Freshwater Management (NPS-FM).

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NZ trailing other countries in drinking water compliance

New Zealand's compliance with drinking water standards is poor compared with the UK and European countries, and an independent regulator would assist in improving water quality, the Havelock North water inquiry has heard.

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Labour’s water policy raises many questions

9 August 2017

Water New Zealand says the Labour Party’s proposal to fund regional councils to improve water quality through a royalty on commercial users could help provide local communities with better resources needed to restore waterways.

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Water experts weigh in on chlorination for NZ water

The majority of experts giving evidence at the Havelock North water contamination inquiry say drinking water needs to be treated to avoid contamination.

The group of five were asked to give their opinion on a range of issues at the second stage of the inquiry, which began in the Hastings District Court.

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Havelock North Inquiry - Expert calls for water prosecution

A water expert has told the Government inquiry into New Zealand's drinking water that
councils should be prosecuted for contaminations.

The outbreak last year made some 5500 of the Village's 14000 residents ill with campylobacteriosis, while putting 45 in hospital and has been linked to three deaths.

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Levy for water needed - Jacinda Ardern

Labour party leader Jacinda Ardern says there needs to be consistency about how natural resources are treated ahead of an expected water bottling levy announcement.

Ms Ardern told the AM Show that there needs to be remuneration for water used for profit.

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​Labour set to announce water bottling levy, as bottlers fight back

Bottling companies are hitting back at what it they call "unfair targeting of individual industries", as Labour gears up to announce it'll charge a levy to water bottling companies.

Newshub has learned Jacinda Ardern will announce her first major environmental policy on Wednesday, which will include a levy on water bottlers.

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Lack of mandatory training and qualifications causes gap in drinking water safety

Water New Zealand is recommending to the Havelock North Drinking Water Inquiry that the Government establishes a mandatory system of qualifications, competency assessment and continuing professional development for operators, supervisors and managers who operate water treatment plants.

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Government 3 Waters Inquiry

The Government has announced an inquiry into 3 waters lead by the Department of Internal Affairs.

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Change of legislation needed if bottling companies charged for water

Most New Zealanders want to see a levy placed on water extracted by water bottling companies. Water New Zealand CEO, John Pfahlert says this would require a change in the legislation, raising the question of who owns the water.

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New infrastructure jobsite coming in September

Connexis is launching an Infrastructure Workforce Jobsite!

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The Rivers Group Public Project Grant and Student Research Grant

The IPENZ/Water New Zealand Rivers Group has new contestable funding opportunities available.

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Drinking water needs fundamental reform - engineer

A top water engineer says Havelock North's water contamination inquiry should lead to fundamental reform of New Zealand's drinking water regulation. A central question the inquiry is seeking to answer is whether groundwater can ever be considered safe for drinking without some form of treatment.

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Napier's water to remain chlorinated as safety standards shift

Napier’s previously untreated drinking water will remain chlorinated for at least the next three months as the city loses its "secure bore" status.

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First tick for safe drinking-water group in Hawke's Bay

A regionwide plan to protect Hawke's Bay's drinking water received its first tick yesterday.

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Authorities discuss possibility that Christchurch drinking water could become contaminated

Authorities have privately discussed the possibility that aquifers supplying Christchurch's pure drinking water may become contaminated with nitrates from intensive agriculture.

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Amplify our Innovation: Consider Nominating a Paper for the Ronald Hicks Memorial Award

Water New Zealand members are encouraged to consider nominations for the Ronald Hicks Memorial Award.

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Special report: World comes to Tauranga to stop sewage polluting harbour

A specialist workforce from 14 countries is racing against the clock on a project to stop sewage polluting Tauranga Harbour in big storms.

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Ministerial Review - Better Responses to Natural Disasters and Other Emergencies in New Zealand Submission by the Engineering Leadership Forum

This submission is from the Engineering Leadership Forum providing comment to the Civil Defence Emergency Management Review.

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Big push for clean water

DairyNZ boss Tim Mackle believes the industry can lift its game, remain confident and maintain the country’s clean, green image, writes We don’t want to see more dairy in New Zealand if it harms the environment.

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Submission for Water New Zealand on the Proposed National Planning Standards - draft for comment

Water New Zealand is seeking feedback on the draft submission for Water New Zealand on the proposed National Planning Standards.

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Water Metering of Customers on Reticulated Supplies Good Practice Guide Completion

Water New Zealand has recently completed the Water Metering of Customers on Reticulated Supplies Good Practice Guide

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National Guidelines for Occupational Health and Safety in the NZ Water Industry documents

Water New Zealand has recently completed the National Guidelines for Occupational Health and Safety in the NZ Water Industry document.

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Taxing water not as crystal clear as it seems

OPINION: The latest calls from Greens and Labour for a water tax acknowledge it would need to be applied in a 'fair' way, but I wonder if they understand just how difficult to nigh on impossible that would be to achieve.

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Council appoints independent chair to lead water services change programme

Hastings District Council has appointed Napier Port chief executive Garth Cowie as external chairperson to lead the change programme for water services operations within Council.

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Water quality riles residents

Seven months on from last year’s earthquake, many Kaikoura residents are still without clean drinking water.

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Groundwater pesticide survey of interest to water suppliers

A total of 165 wells were sampled as part of the 2014 national survey of pesticides in groundwater, a survey that is conducted on a four-yearly basis.

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Engineering e2e employer

Engineering e2e is undertaking research to understand more about potential barriers to recruiting engineers.

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All NZ councils urged to treat drinking water

Leaving Christchurch's water untreated is a "high-risk strategy" that could lead to tens of thousands of people quickly becoming sick, the Havelock North water investigation has been told.

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Feng shui blocks stormwater pipe plan

A Chinese couple trying to stop a new stormwater connection running under their property say the pipeline is bad Feng shui.

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Hazardous Substances Regulations changes coming

The Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2017 have been finalised and made publicly available on the Legislation website. They will come into force on 1 December.

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Proposed Operator Certification Scheme - Consultation Document

The Board of Water New Zealand proposes the development of the system of Certification as described in this paper for those involved in the water treatment and wastewater sectors.

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Council strategy for water availability

A new Waikato Regional Council freshwater strategy designed to tackle significant pressures on water availability and quality in the region has been signed off by councillors.

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Water problems push up rates

Napier residents face an average rates hike of 5 per cent from July with a fifth of the increase earmarked to improve the city’s drinking water supply.

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'Lake Snot' spreading in South Canterbury

An algae that produces a brown, snot-like slime has been found in at least a dozen South Island lakes, including some of the country’s most pristine.

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Geraldine Water Solutions group put alpine water proposal before ECan, community representatives

A group of Geraldine farmers are asking a water zone committee to consider bringing in alpine water to farms in the area, to help both agriculture and the region's waterways

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Could Westport move to escape rising sea level?

‘If you take the view that in 100 years Westport is more likely to be located to the south side of the Buller River then our water supply . . . would not meet that need.’’ Cr Phil Rutherford

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Fight to charge water bottlers heats up

Parties across the political spectrum agree bottling companies should pay for the water they take but the Government is sitting on the fence.

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Nats at odds on bottled water charge

Parties across the political spectrum agree bottling companies should pay for the water they take but the Government is sitting on the fence.

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Gareth Morgan wants to charge water bottlers

Gareth Morgan wants to charge commercial users of water for every litre they use - even farmers.

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Greens question government over water bottling - Parliament

5. JAMES SHAW (Co-Leader—Green) to the Prime Minister: Why did he say that “we accept there is growing public concern” over bottling and exporting water for profit, and when will he address that concern by putting a charge on water bottling?

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Built Environment Leaders Forum – Summary of Findings

This Summary of Findings document outlines a series of areas where forum attendees identified there was a need for further work according to the five main themes of the forum – strategic directions, economics of resilience, smarter land use, resilient buildings, and resilient infrastructure.

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NZ Pure Blue wants to send millions of litres of Waikato water offshore

Millions of litres of crystal clear spring water could be bottled and shipped overseas in a proposal backed by the local council.

NZ Pure Blue Springs Limited wants to take from Putaruru's Blue Spring in the Waihou River more than the amount of water currently being pulled from the Waikato for bottling.

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Formal collaboration needed to help ensure safe drinking water

Water New Zealand is calling for formal collaboration in the drinking water sector to help avoid another contamination crisis.

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Time to ban glitter - it's just as bad as microbeads, experts say

Microbeads might be on their way out – but have you thought about glitter?

Environment Minister Nick Smith announced earlier this year that cosmetic products containing tiny plastic pieces, known as microbeads, will be banned in July next year.

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Concern about adverse effects of increased irrigation

Irrigation is increasing on Rangitikei's coastal sand country and Horizons Regional Council has measures in place to pull it back if there are adverse effects.

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Targeted approach wanted for water

Federated Farmers is seeking a ''targeted catchment approach'' to addressing water quality, where sustainable economic growth could be achieved alongside environmental goals.

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Ofwat calls on water companies to have robust data strategy

Water companies must be ambitious in the way they use data to benefit customers, and ensure they have a robust data strategy in place, the economic regulator of the water sector in England and Wales has insisted.

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Otago farmers search for advice to reduce their water impact

More Otago farmers are looking for advice to reduce their operation's impact on water quality and comply with rules in the Otago Water Plan.

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Future-focused plan for NZ's infrastructure needed - LGNZ

New Zealand’s infrastructure is at a crossroads and needs to be a key focus in the upcoming election, Local Government New Zealand says.

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Great support for water survey

Water New Zealand’s customer survey closed last week with response numbers significantly above expectation thanks to the support from councils and our members around the country.

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Survey reveals UK water firms trailing on value for money

The UK water industry is in danger of slipping behind other utilities when it comes to providing value for money to customers, the Consumer Council for Water (CCWater) has warned.

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UK water utility facing prosecution for 2015 cryptosporidium outbreak

United Utilities (UU) is facing charges over a cryptosporidium outbreak which affected approximately 700,000 people in Lancashire in 2015. The company has received a summons from the Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI), and a full court case will be heard, commencing June 30.

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Building National Infrastructure Capacity: Lessons from Scotland

This latest report from Infrastructure NZ reports on a recent study tour to Scotland by Infrastructure NZ and lessons for NZ.

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Time for national conversation about water pricing

The overwhelming public support for royalty charges to companies bottling and selling water offshore is a signal that a national conversation over water pricing is long overdue.

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INDUSTRY UPDATE Watercare reviews compliance and connection processes

Changes are in the pipeline for anyone working on or connecting to Auckland’s public water and wastewater infrastructure.

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Under-resourced water unit still ‘in crisis’

Hastings District Council’s water services unit remains ‘‘in crisis’’ as it continues to grapple with the aftermath of last year’s Havelock North gastro outbreak, a report has found.

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Targetting urban stormwater to clean up waterways

Urban stormwater is likely to be the next target in efforts to clean up New Zealand’s waterways.

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Fish Passage 2018 – International conference to be held in Albury-Wodonga

We are excited to announce that the 2018 International Conference on Engineering & Ecohydrology for Fish Passage (Fish Passage 2018) will be hosted by Charles Sturt University and the NSW Department of Primary Industries in Albury-Wodonga, New South Wales, on December 10­­–14, 2018.

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Membership Renewals, Retired Membership

Members are reminded that their paid subscriptions will renew on 1 July.

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Hastings water review calls for 'overhaul'

A new review recommends a ‘‘comprehensive overhaul’’ of Hastings District Council’s water services to ensure there is no repeat of last year’s Havelock North gastro crisis.

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Seeking member feedback on the development of National Planning Standards

MfE is seeking input to the first set of National Planning Standards (the standards).

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Drinking water on councils’ minds

Both tap water and bottled water are high on the menu for Councils as they tussle with the Government over water quality standards and water allocation.

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Freshwater Symposium shows commitment to water improvement

A Freshwater Symposium hosted by Local Government New Zealand last week showed there is a strong platform for improving freshwater quality in New Zealand.

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Councils face flood of water infrastructure costs

Councils across the country are facing a flood of bills to replace ageing water pipes, sewers and drains put down in the 1960s and they are calling on the Government to help plan and pay for the replacement infrastructure, which Local Government New Zealand says will cost up to $100 billion.

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Good Practice Guide for the Beneficial Use of Organic Waste Products on Land - Progress Update

As most of you know submissions on the draft Good Practice Guide for the Beneficial Use of Organic Waste Products on Land have now closed and been considered by the Steering Group.

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Smith backs Waikoropupū conservation order

An application to give New Zealand's largest and clearest freshwater springs the equivalent of National Park status has gained the support of the Environment Minister.

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Government commits $12m to fluoridate water

The Government has set aside $12m in funding to help with the costs of fluoridation, following new legislation that places the power to put fluoride in town water supplies in the hands of District Health Boards.

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Select Committee reports back on fluoridation bill

The Health Committee report on the Health (Fluoridation of Drinking Water) Amendment Bill has been reported back to Parliament. The bill would empower district health boards (DHBs) to decide on fluoridation of drinking water supplies in their area.

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Want clean water? It’ll cost you

The Government, along with local government, is sending out a message that, if New Zealanders want improved water quality, they are going to have to accept higher Council rates – and even higher section and house prices.

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Opinion: Water, water everywhere

Two environmental issues have dominated the news this election year – and both have focused on our waterways. Serious storms and flooding – and the resulting economic costs – have focused attention on the impacts of climate change, while events like the Havelock North Water Inquiry have fuelled ongoing discussion about the state of our waterways.

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Battle for access to New Zealand's biggest water permit

An Auckland company is claiming to represent the owners of a huge water bottling permit on the West Coast – but the permit owners say they have nothing to do the company.

Alpine Pure, owned by Aucklanders Bruce Nisbett and John Malyon, has told potential overseas buyers it represents the company that owns the biggest water take right in New Zealand.

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Tasman Council Ordered to Reconsider Water Consent

“Errors” Made by Council Grant Ngāti Tama ki Te Waipounamu Trust Judicial Decision. Tasman Council Ordered to Reconsider Water Consent From Te Waikoropupū Springs.

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​Improving drinking water quality will place big costs on local communities

Local communities are likely to face significantly increased costs to meet water quality standards as a result of the Havelock North water contamination.

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Budget: Greens slam environment funding

New environment and conservation-related funding in the Budget includes $21.3 million for the Battle for Our Birds pest control programme, $4m for climate change policy work, and $1m for an iwi-based fresh water fund.

But the Green Party has slammed the Budget, arguing there is little included to stop pollution of waterways or combat climate change.

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Safe Drinking-water Supplies: Understanding Your Risks and Responsibilities - Workshop Update

This week, the final of the Safe Drinking-water Supplies: Understanding your Risks and Responsibilities workshops were presented by Jim Graham throughout the North Island. Water New Zealand has facilitated 11 workshops throughout the country, with close to 350 attending.

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Don’t treat your toilet as a rubbish bin – new video launched

There is a big problem lurking in sewers – one that’s becoming an expensive burden on householders, ratepayers and damaging our environment.

Putting wipes down the toilet can block pipes, which can lead to sewage overflows into homes or creeks. It's likely they can block your sewer pipes leading to a costly plumbing bill.

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Environment Southland faces blowtorch over declining freshwater quality

Farmer-dominated regional councils including Environment Southland have been "bloody useless" in fixing dirty waterways and must up their game or face the axe, Labour Party environment and water spokesman David Parker says.

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Ratepayers charged 500 times more for water than bottling companies

Water bottling companies are paying an average 500 times less than ratepayers for each litre of water they're allowed to use.

A Herald investigation into water fees set by every regional council around the country found bottlers were charged an average $0.003 - or one third of a cent - per cubic metre of water.

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Unsafe for swimming - Auckland's water crisis

Five milllimetres of rain in a day in Auckland is enough to cause parts of the city's wastewater network to overflow, spilling raw sewage into the sea and making beaches unsafe for swimming. NZ Geographic has delved into the water problems in Auckland and looks at some of the potential solutions being talked about.

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Bung the Bore dismayed after West Coast water export consents being granted

A New Zealand sustainable water group says the general public has been "completely ignored" in light of final consents being granted for a West Coast water export facility.

The West Coast Regional Council awarded resource consents for Okuru Enterprises to begin construction on a water export facility and pipeline from the edge of Mt Aspiring National Park to Jacksons Bay, south of Haast.

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Proposal for metered water to be discussed by Rotorua Lakes Council

Rotorua residents could begin paying for the water they use if the council considers a proposal put forward by a local associate professor.

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Dairy industry misses environmental goals

The dairy industry's year-three report on its commitment to mitigating the environmental impact of farming shows it has achieved six of 13 goals that were set out in 2013 but hasn't yet made a dent in nitrogen loss, underlining the long-term nature of the task of improving waterways.

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Tasman District Council to crack down on illegal wastewater infiltration

Illegal connections from the stormwater to the wastewater system at Mapua are in part to blame for sewage overflows in the growing seaside village, according to Tasman District Council.

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People need to understand that clean water is a complex issue, says Bill English

The prime minister says people have "high expectations" for clean waterways, but need to understand the complexity of the problem.

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Havelock North Inquiry findings - a wake-up call for water suppliers

Water New Zealand CEO John Pfahlert says the Havelock North contamination could have happened elsewhere and the inquiry points to lessons that water suppliers need to heed.

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​Water sector needs to embrace learnings from Havelock North Inquiry

The Havelock North Water Inquiry’s report into last August’s water contamination highlights a number of failures by all parties charged with the delivery of safe drinking water.

Water New Zealand Chief Executive John Pfahlert says the industry needs to learn from the findings so that a similar contamination event does not occur again.

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AC Pipe Manual publication and training expressions of interest

The Water Services Managers Group has recently commissioned the update of the AC Pipe Manuals. The manuals and associated lifetime prediction model, provide a process to assess the condition and likely remaining life of Asbestos Cement (AC) pressure pipelines, based on real life data from around New Zealand.

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Water New Zealand Welcomes New Staff

Water New Zealand has recently welcomed two new team members, Charlotte Cudby and Pip Donnelly.

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Report released on New Zealand’s freshwater environment: Our freshwater 2017

The Ministry of the Environment and Statistics NZ have released a national report on the state of New Zealand’s freshwater. Our fresh water 2017, measures the quality of our waterways; water quantity and flows; biodiversity in rivers and lakes; and the cultural health of fresh water.

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Drinking and stormwater educational material updates

Water New Zealand is refreshing the associations educational resources on drinking water supplies and stormwater management.

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Dame Anne Salmond: Let's make rights to pure water an election issue

Opinion: Dame Anne Salmond is the Patron of the Te Awaroa: 1000 Rivers project She was the 2013 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year.

As Herald correspondent Frances Dallas said, it's unbelievable that pristine water from springs and aquifers should be given to private companies for no return. She wrote, "The trouble is, who owns the water? Maori? The Government?"

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New stormwater solutions needed for NZ communities to remain resilient

Many communities in New Zealand need to start planning for the effects of more flash floods and seawater inundation as a result of climate change.

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Conference tackles big challenges over flooding and stormwater

The growing challenges of managing urban stormwater will be a key focus at a major conference in Auckland this week.

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Survey asks what value do we put on water

A survey gauging national opinion on water management is asking what value do we put on water?

The survey has been put together by industry group, Water New Zealand, which will use the results to plan for the future.

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National survey seeks New Zealanders’ view on water

Water New Zealand has just launched a major survey which it hopes will help the water sector grapple with the growing challenges around planning and managing the country’s water resources.

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'Serious pressures' facing rivers, Government report finds

Most of New Zealand's native freshwater species are at risk of extinction as water quality faces "serious pressures", a Government report says.

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Water metering code of practice updates

Water New Zealand is currently updating the industries “Water meter code of practice”.

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IPENZ expands membership pathway

IPENZ is changing its membership structure to create a simpler and stronger pathway for all types of engineers.

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When the river runs dry: The true cost of NZ water

The Government says nobody owns the water, but that hasn’t stopped people making hundreds of thousands of dollars selling it, reports Eloise Gibson from Newsroom

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2017 5th Biennial Symposium of the International Society for River Science (ISRS) Abstracts Closing

Abstract submissions for the 2017 5th Biennial Symposium of the International Society for River Science (ISRS) are closing on the 30th of April.

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IPENZ Engineering to Employment Campaign

Make the World illustrates the wide range of choices available within the engineering industry, and features engineers who have studied a Bachelor of Engineering Technology or a New Zealand Diploma in Engineering.

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Colour coding our rivers for quality

Dr Nick Smith, Minister for the Environment

FRESH water is one of New Zealand's key strategic assets. It is why we are so good at growing food.

It is pivotal to our clean green tourism brand. It is part of what makes for our great Kiwi lifestyle.

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Metadata Update

The documents housed within this link will be used as the basis for the upcoming workshops (1st, 2nd and 3rd of May). The aim of these workshops is to work through feedback to date, and propose any amendment/s required to enable public release of the standards.

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Drinking Water Quality Report

The Annual Report on Drinking-Water Quality 2015/16 was published on the Ministry of Health's website this afternoon 12 April 2017

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Water Fools? - Southern Lakes: a changing landscape

As a population explosion engulfs Queenstown and Wanaka, local councils and water scientists are fighting a race against time to protect the Southern Lakes' pristine waters from urban run-off.

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No simple fix to dirty waterways

OPINION by Pattrick Smellie: Much reporting of the prime minister's chief science advisor Sir Peter Gluckman's research into freshwater resources seemed to shred further the Government's tenuous credibility on this increasingly politicised issue.

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Water Fools? - Worry in Waihora

In another episode in RNZ's focus on water issues, reporter Kate Gudsell looks at the Canterbury region where 63 percent of the country's irrigated water comes from.

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Water fools? - Spray and pray

In the Rangitikei, it is known colloquially as 'spray and pray', a new practice of un-monitored intensive farming, stripping land of pasture and grazing stock in mobs.

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Waters of New Zealand: Inside the Bottle

Some time ago, l was buying mineral water at a supermarket in Wellington. Next to me, a woman was choosing water to buy, and l asked her to what she paid the most attention when making a purchase. She said first of all, it was the price, and also its appearance.

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Collaborative effort means better protection for Canterbury's braided rivers

The Rangitata River is the first focus for a group tasked with protecting the margins of Canterbury's braided rivers.

The group includes Environment Canterbury (ECan), Fish and Game, Land Information New Zealand, the Department of Conservation, Ngai Tahu, Forest and Bird, and Federated Farmers.

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Sir Michael Cullen to head review over Edgecumbe flood

The Bay of Plenty Regional Council is commissioning an independent review of the circumstances that led to the flooding at Edgecumbe.

The inquiry would be led by Sir Michael Cullen, council chairperson Doug Leeder said

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RMA Reforms Pass

The eagerly awaited Resource Legislation Amendment Bill ( Bill) passed its third reading 6 April 2017. The third reading comes 16 months after it was first introduced to Parliament in November 2015 and was the last hurdle to the National-led Government delivering changes to the Resource Management Act ( RMA), first discussed five years ago.

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Risks to low-lying South Dunedin revealed in sea-level rise maps

Digital maps have revealed the impacts of sea-level rise and flooding on South Dunedin.

The low-lying area was hit by flooding on June 3 2015, and later that year Environment Commissioner Dr Jan Wright released a report noting that in Dunedin there were more homes less than 50 centimetres above the high tide mark than any other New Zealand city.

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Dam scheme proposed to solve Christchurch's dwindling water supply

A new dam scheme could help protect Christchurch's dwindling water supply - but charging residents for the water they use is still being considered.

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Waste not wasted at sewage treatment plant

Palmerston North's wastewater treatment plant is powered by poo.

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Hawke's Bay Regional Council planning big rates hike to address water pollution

Hawke's Bay ratepayers may foot a 10 per cent rate increase to fund a clean up of the region's waterways, some of which have been labeled "a disgrace".

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Report on Havelock North water contamination delayed

The Havelock North drinking water inquiry panel's report on the township's water contamination in August last year has been delayed until May this year.

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Water contamination bill soars to $1.5m for regional council

Nearly $1.5 million has been spent by the Hawkes Bay Regional Council on the Havelock North water contamination.

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The longer game that will reach through the election

Political columnist Colin James looks at the Government's dilemma over water charging

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Better Urban Planning: Productivity Commission Reports

The final report of the Commission examining possible changes to the RMA was released 29 March

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Extension of report-back date for Havelock North Drinking-Water Inquiry

Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today that the report-back date for the independent Inquiry into Havelock North Drinking-Water has been extended at the request of the Inquiry’s Panel.

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Project AF8 Earthquake Response Planning Workshop in April

Water New Zealand is looking for someone to represent industry at the Project AF8 Earthquake Response Planning Workshop in April.

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Data ‘like oil' for water companies

Data is an incredibly valuable resource for water companies, who must use it in the right way to harness it to the best advantage, experts told the WWT Smart Water Networks conference yesterday.

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Thames Water hit with record fine.

Thames Water has been hit with a record £20.3M fine, for polluting the River Thames with 1.4 billion litres of raw sewage.

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OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: New Zealand 2017

OECD Environmental Performance Reviews provide independent assessments of countries’ progress towards their environmental policy objectives.

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draft Water New Zealand Good Practice Guide for the Beneficial Use of Organic Waste Products on Land

The draft Water New Zealand Good Practice Guide for the Beneficial Use of Organic Waste Products on Land is now available for public review, consultation and comment

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SCIRT Learning Legacy website

A quick note to let you know that the SCIRT Learning Legacy website was launched.

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Pipe Renewals Guidance Programme Update

This is a general update to keep interested parties abreast of progress with the Pipe Renewals Guidance Programme.

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Last dates to enrol into the National Certificates and Diplomas in Water/Wastewater Treatment

Connexis/Opus ETC are offering the National Certificate and Diploma courses in Water and Wastewater Treatment for the final time in 2017.

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The cost of water - ODT editorial

The quality of New Zealand’s rivers has been a bone of contention recently, with dairy farmers getting much of the blame for a deterioration in water quality.

Now, the export of pristine New Zealand water to overseas companies has become another touch button for Kiwis.

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Labour acccuses PM of putting off water tax question

The government is "kicking the can down the road" on taxing water, and bottling companies should be paying a levy to regional councils, Labour leader Andrew Little says.

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Backflow Group at NZ Plumbing Conference

The Water New Zealand Backflow Group is holding a one day forum in conjunction with the NZ Plumbing conference on Monday 10 April in Nelson.

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Water exports to come under scrutiny

The Government will ask an advisory group that is part of the Ministry for the Environment to investigate the questions around exporting water.

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Why the bottled water debate is too politically hot to touch

Bernard Hickey discusses why Bill English is ducking the bottled water issue.

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Problems caused by flushing the unflushable

"Flushable" wet wipes that do not break down have hastened the demise of a couple of Palmerston North sewer pumps.

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Urban Development Authorities

Attached is a draft submission by Water New Zealand to proposals by the Government to establish Urban Development Authorities.

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Proposal for a Wairarapa District Council

The Local Government Commission has proposed a scheme to amalgamate the 3 Wairarapa Councils.

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Fire and Emergency Levy Regulations

The Minister of Internal Affairs has released a discussion document on proposed fire and emergency services levy regulations as part of the reform of the fire services sector.

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National conversation needed over water pricing

20 March 2017

Water New Zealand is calling for a national conversation over water pricing.

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New detection system revolutionises water quality tests

Students on an Environmental Health Monitoring course at Massey University in Wellington are the first in the country to use a new rapid automated microbiology detection system to monitor water quality.

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Consultation on safe work instrument prescribing training requirements for asbestos removal work

Consultation on safe work instrument prescribing training requirements for asbestos removal work

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New detection system revolutionises water quality tests

Students on an Environmental Health Monitoring course at Massey University in Wellington are the first in the country to use a new rapid automated microbiology detection system to monitor water quality.

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Water infrastructure needs billions in investment - RNZ

The deluge that flooded hundreds of Auckland homes shows the city's infrastructure is no longer fit for purpose, and it cannot even cope with smaller weather events, critics say.

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Questions over Government's water forum, as fourth group leaves

Four environmental groups have now left the Government's Land and Water Forum (LaWF), leading to claims the group is losing its legitimacy.

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Metadata Standards - Update

Just an update on where we are at with the development of Metadata Standards for the three waters network.

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Suez and CDPQ buys GE Water for 3.2bn euros

Suez and Canada's Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) are buying GE Water & Process Technologies from General Electric Company for €3.2bn in an all-cash transaction. The deal is subject to customary closing conditions such as regulatory approvals and appropriate consultation.

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New detection system revolutionises water quality tests

Students on an Environmental Health Monitoring course at Massey University in Wellington are the first in the country to use a new rapid automated microbiology detection system to monitor water quality.

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Australasian Association of Trenchless Technology – seeking speakers for NZ Forums

The Australasian Society for Trenchless Technology (ASTT) will be hosting a series of Technical Forums throughout 2017.

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Clean water: 90% of rivers and lakes swimmable by 2040

This document sets out the Government's further work in the ongoing programme of water reform.

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Resource Legislation Amendment Bill

The Local Government and Environment Committee has presented its report to the New Zealand House of Representatives.

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Can you survive 24 hours without turning on the tap?

Water New Zealand is supporting Taps Off Day on March 22.

Kiwis around the country are being challenged to go a whole day without turning on their taps – at home and at work – in a new project hoping to provide easy access to clean water for our Pacific neighbours. Go to Taps off Day for more information.

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Wadeable, swimmable, indecipherable: cutting through the crap in the Nick Smith water row

The government's Clean Water package quickly became bogged down in claim and counter-claim. What did it really amount to? See this report from Jenny Webster-Brown of the Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management.

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DHB view on fluoride

A senior Hamilton politician has warned that putting water fluoridation decisions in the hands of health boards won't be a straight-forward process.

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New Customer Value Special Interest Group

Water New Zealand is inviting expressions of interest from members keen to be part of a newly-formed Special Interest Group (SIG) focussing on customers.

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Greenpages Directory

The 2017 New Zealand greenpages is now available online.

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Clean Water

The Government has released proposals to amend the National Policy Statement on Freshwater Management. Submissions close 28 April and Water New Zealand will be making a submission.

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Water New Zealand Stormwater Conference 2017 - Update

Updates on registration details and the conference programme.

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Water New Zealand Annual Conference & Expo - Update

Updates on the exhibition, call for abstracts and sponsorship opportunities.

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Feedback required for a WorkSafe guideline proposal on pipe jacking

WorkSafe High Hazard Unit are looking for input on a set of guidelines for pipe jacking pipes under 3 metre diameter with reference to the UK pipe jacking Association "guidance for designers".

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Greater protection for Hawke's Bay rivers considered

Environment Minister Nick Smith has appointed a special tribunal to consider an application for a water conservation order on Hawke's Bay's Ngaruroro and Clive rivers.

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Supreme court grants right for another appeal for New Zealand's fluoride "test case"

The controversial and costly legal battle to fluoridate the water supply in two small Taranaki towns is heading back to court again.

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Long lasting effects of gastro outbreak prompt council to consider assistance

The lingering health effects of the Havelock North gastro outbreak have prompted consideration of a fund to provide financial assistance to those affected.

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Havelock North contamination - New water structure needed

Opinion: Lawrence Yule, Mayor of Hastings - The Government Inquiry into Havelock North Drinking Water has completed its hearings phase and is about to receive submissions on failings and improvements.

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Submission: Microbeads Consultation - draft for members comment

Water New Zealand is seeking feedback on the draft submission on the proposal to ban the use of microbeads in personal care products in New Zealand.

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Economic Evaluation of Stock Water Reticulation on Hill Country

The report looks at eleven case study farms that changed from using natural water sources for stock water to reticulated systems of good quality, reliable water.

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Urban Development Authorities

Public consultation has opened on proposed legislation to fast track the redevelopment and regeneration of urban areas to better meet housing and commercial needs.

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Upcoming courses Water and Wastewater Treatment

Opus ETC is offering the National Certificate and Diploma courses in Water and Wastewater Treatment for the final time in its 2017 schedule.

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Preparing New Zealand for climate change

Preparing New Zealand's water stores for a warmer climate is a major focus of new research projects just awarded more than $2-million, as part of the Deep South National Science Challenge.

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Land and Water Forum Update

Over the past 8 years the Land and Water Forum has produced 4 reports, with a further report currently in preparation.

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RNZ Insight: Fighting for NZ's rivers and lakes

Is enough being done to improve the quality of our rivers and lakes?

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Sewage leak caused by wet wipes being flushed down toilet turns Glen Innes' Omaru Creek black, kills fish and eels

A sewage leak, which Watercare says was caused by someone flushing wet wipes down the toilet, has left the water in an east Auckland creek black and filled with dead fish and eels.

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Proposed Alternative Mechanisms to Award Works Contracts

FIDIC, the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (headed up by Kiwi, Enrico Vink), is seeking feedback on proposals for alternative mechanisms to award works contracts.

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Update on Metadata Standards

This is to provide you with an update on this work. As you may be aware, draft metadata standards were completed toward the end of 2016.

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Water leakage continues to be significant issue for suppliers

Enough water to fill more than 40,000 Olympic size swimming pools was lost last year because of leakages through pipes and infrastructure by suppliers participating in Water New Zealand's National Performance Review.

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Water inquiry focus on outbreak facts, adequacy of responses and contingency planning

The Havelock North Water Inquiry resumes today following an intensive first week of investigation to uncover the cause of the campylobacter outbreak in August last year.

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Havelock North - more systematic approach on reporting transgressions needed

The first week of the Havelock North Water Inquiry wrapped up yesterday with a focus on the systems surround minimising risk to the safety of the water supply.

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Councils struggling with sea level risk

Government intervention and legislation is likely to be called for as local councils struggle to adapt to climate change consequences including rising sea levels. The role was given to them by government, which retained responsibility for mitigating the country's greenhouse gas emissions.

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Defective bore may have allowed contaminated groundwater into water supply

Contaminated water may have entered the Havelock North water supply through a defective bore, scientists have found.

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Troubled Havelock water bore to reopen

Hastings District Council says it has almost completed work to re-open a Havelock North drinking water bore it closed in 2015 after contamination concerns.

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Relationship between HBRC and HDC strained, water contamination inquiry told

The Hawke's Bay Regional Council's strained relationship with the Hastings District Council over a number of years was raised at the third day of the Havelock North water inquiry yesterday.

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Gastro inquiry head says council ignored the law

The head of the inquiry panel investigating the Havelock North gastro outbreak has expressed disbelief at a council's continual ignoring of drinking water requirements.

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Inquiry drills into Hastings council's water procedures

The spotlight was on the Hastings District Council's communications, processes and procedures around drinking water during the second day of the Government's inquiry into last August's campylobacter outbreak in Havelock North.

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Debunking the anti-fluoride objections

Chemist and blogger Ken Perrott looks at the remaining objections to community fluoride to see if they stack up.

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Gastro inquiry hears contamination may have come from nearby stream

The contamination of Havelock North water may have come from sheep faeces entering a stream near the town's bores, the Government Inquiry has heard.

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Who is the greater polluter, cows or people? A dairy farmer's viewpoint

Recently while I was in a shop doing business, a very self-righteous lady loudly pronounced that I was one of those irresponsible farmers who allowed their cows to "pee and poo" everywhere resulting in our rivers all being polluted, writes Malcolm Lumsden.

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2017 membership Subscriptions Increase

Water New Zealand members have voted at the 2016 AGM for an increase in membership subscription rates to support the development and implementation of our new 5-year goal of a ‘self-determining’ future for the industry.

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Emergency declaration would have helped in gastro outbreak, report finds

Public alerts about the Havelock North gastro outbreak might have been more effective if a state of emergency had been declared, a review has found.

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Why are our rivers and lakes becoming unsafe?

The state of our rivers and lakes has predictably come under intensified focus this summer as Kiwis head to their favourite swimming holes. What's the big picture - and how dire is the situation? NZ Herald Science reporter Jamie Morton talked to Otago University ecologist Dr Marc Schallenberg, president of the New Zealand Freshwater Sciences Society.

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Watercare's boss slams council over spills

Auckland Council is allowing developments to occur knowing there is no adequate stormwater system and this will result in more frequent harbour spills, says Watercare chief executive Raveen Jaduram.

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The critical place of water: Contractor Perspectives

The Kaikoura earthquake put the spotlight on the infrastructure around our precious water assets and the need to ensure we build resilience into communities.

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Brian Rudman: Time for Aucklanders to stop fouling their own nest

Opinion: Aucklanders are a hypocritical bunch.

We pollute our precious inner harbour beaches to such an unhealthy state, we have to drive for hours seeking somewhere clean and green to relax.

But when we arrive, we discover the dairy cows got their first. The pristine lakes and streams of childhood memory are now just as bad as the Piha Lagoon or Cox's Bay.

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Understanding the real price of water

As soon as residents start realising how much water they use and the cost involved, watering the garden may become less important.

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Forward momentum on water issues - LG Magazine

Water issues remained firmly top of mind last year with a new focus on collaboration, the creation of draft metadata standards for water assets, and the need to respond to the campylobacter outbreak in Havelock North.

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Gastro outbreak costs mount up for Hawke's Bay Regional Council

The Hawke's Bay Regional Council has spent just more than $1 million on internal salary and external costs related to its Havelock North water contamination outbreak investigation and the ongoing government inquiry.

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Dirty water: Water bills may rise to stop sewage overflows

Water bills in the country's largest city may have to rise to stop raw sewage flowing into Auckland Harbour almost every time it rains.

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No choice over chlorine?

More than 100 Lake Hawea residents who attended a meeting at the weekend to express their opposition to chlorine being added to the town’s water supply permanently were told "it may happen anyway".

Queenstown Lakes District Council chief engineer Ulrich Glasner said the contamination of Havelock North’s water supply in August was "a trigger" for a lot of councils and district health boards to take steps to ensure drinking water was safe.

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Wellington man's sewage pipe predicament provokes criticism of city council

Wellington City Council's policy of charging homeowners for repairs to private water pipes underneath public roads appears to be at odds with commonsense, Local Government New Zealand says.

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Microbead ban overdue

A water industry group says it is thrilled by the government's proposal to ban plastic microbeads in personal care products, but thinks the ban should be enforced immediately.

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Consultation Paper on Managing Microbeads

MFE has released a consultation proposing a ban on the use of microbeads in personal care products in NZ, one which we will support due to the adverse environmental effects.

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Consultation Paper on Review of AS/NZS Standards

Water New Zealand have been consulted on proposals for reviewing a range of building standards, many of which are plumbing and piping related.

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Reviewing the Pipeline Inspection Manual

ProjectMax have completed the scoping report in preparation for updating the Water New Zealand Pipe Inspection Manual 2006 (NZPIM).

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Water New Zealand requires your input

Do you feel like there is a subject that Water New Zealand doesn't provide enough coverage on? Then we would like to hear from you.

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Too many damaging products being flushed

17 January 2017

Water New Zealand says wastewater treatment plants around the country are under growing stress because of the huge number of products that are flushed away.

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New Zealand Wastewater Treatment Plant Inventory

The New Zealand Wastewater Treatment Plant Inventory has been updated based on data collected in the 2015/16 National Performance Review in 2017.

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Government heads towards ban on microbeads

Tiny and toxic microbeads look set to be all-but banished as New Zealand follows international leads in moving towards a ban.

Environment Minister Nick Smith made the announcement on Freyberg Beach in Wellington on Monday afternoon, though Green Party co-leader James Shaw pointed out New Zealand was a "slow follower", and most big markets were further down the road of banning the beads.

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Where's the honesty on water?

Senior lecturer in environmental science/ecology at Massey University, Dr Mike Joy, looks at how changes in the formula around river monitoring along with a radical weakening of the limits for nitrogen is painting a falsely rosy picture of the state of our rivers.

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Fluoridation: New scientific review of fluoride and oral health

A new review published in a special issue of Community Dental Health devoted to the WHO approach to the prevention of dental cavities through the use of fluoride.

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Update on National Policy Statement Urban on Urban Development Capacity 2016

In July last year the Association made a submission on the proposed national policy statement on urban development.

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The critical place of water: Contractor Perspectives

The Kaikoura earthquake put the spotlight on the infrastructure around our precious water asset and the need to ensure we build resilience into communites.

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Forward momentum: Local Government Perspectives

Water issues remained firmly top of mind last year with a new focus on collaboration, the creation of draft metadata standards for water assets, and the need to respond to the campylobacter outbreak in Havelock North.

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Dairy NZ to appeal ruling over Greenpeace ad

DairyNZ says it will appeal the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruling that Greenpeace's "dirty dairying" advert did not breach advertising principles.

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Press editorial: Can we put a price on water?

OPINION: If the reaction to the plan to export bottled water from an Ashburton aquifer is any guide, Kiwis are likely to be outraged at the proposal to export up to 800 million litres a month of pristine South Westland water.