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Auckland council and Watercare commit to ambitious targets

Auckland Council and Watercare have jointly committed to adopting ambitious targets designed to reduce Aucklanders’ use of drinking water by 20 per cent over the next 30 years to create a city more resilient to impacts of drought and climate change.

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Consultation hui on water quality

A series of hui is underway to ensure that grass roots community Maori representatives are consulted over how the RMA changes will impact on water issues, particularly water quality.


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Restoring our fragile freshwater systems

Opinion: Waimakariri Water Zone Committee chair Michael Blackwell says we've taken too much from our environment and we must start giving back.

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Lead contamination report shows need for regulatory improvements

Water New Zealand says it supports the key recommendations in the report into the public health response to lead contamination in Waikouaiti’s drinking water supply.

Chief executive Gillian Blythe says the report’s findings show the need for regulatory improvement in drinking water supply which is already underway with the establishment of the new regulator, Taumata Arowai.

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Tauranga marae calls for Govt action over groundwater contamination

Whareroa Marae's environment manager is calling for urgent Government action over ongoing concerns about heavy industry contaminants in the area.

Yesterday the Bay of Plenty Regional Council confirmed it was investigating reports that PFAS compounds had been recorded in groundwater in Mount Maunganui's industrial area, on a site near the marae.

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Lead contamination report due out soon

Water New Zealand's chief executive Gillian Blythe says water service managers around the country will be looking closely at the report into the East Otago contamination scare when it is released.


The review of the health response is now sitting with the Director-General of Health. The settlements of Waikouaiti, Karitane and Hawksbury Village are still getting drinking water from tankers, months after concerning levels of lead were discovered in the local supply.


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Multiple projects underway to boost Auckland water supply

National Performance Review data confirms Watercare's increased investment in water supply options last year will boost
Auckland's drinking water resilience.

The city's water reservoirs are half empty again - nearing record lows - but this time authorities are not so worried.



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Three waters sector challenged by huge growth and infrastructure demands

Water New Zealand says new data just released shows the extent of the enormous challenges facing the water sector in New Zealand.

Chief executive Gillian Blythe says the three waters sector has responded to rising demands with a big jump in infrastructure spending in the last year and this is stretching the capacity of our service providers.

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Canterbury consent replacement raises concerns about nitrates

People opposed to a large irrigation scheme in Mid-Canterbury want their side heard when consents are considered, and say nitrate pollution is a concern.

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Taumata Arowai update webinar

Taumata Arowai has been making significant progress towards becoming a fully functioning regulatory authority. Today's webinar was hosted by Water New Zealand chief executive Gillian Blythe, who spoke with Taumata Arowai head of regulatory, Ray McMillan and senior advisor brand and channels, Sarah Peacock.

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Government thinks $110 billion needed to fix broken water system

The cost of fixing New Zealand’s beleaguered water systems could amount to $110 billion over the next 30 to 40 years, according to the Department of Internal Affairs.

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Taumata Arowai goes live

Taumata Arowai has launched its new website in the latest step towards becoming a new fully-functioning drinking water regulator.

The new Crown entity will take over from the Ministry of Health as the regulator of drinking water for Aotearoa in the second half of 2021. As well it will have an oversight role for waste and stormwater.

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Better safe than sorry: Carterton residents to continue boiling water despite third clear test

Carterton residents will need to boil water for at least another three days as the District Council plays it safe, despite a third clear daily E. coli test.


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Why Napier City Council can't install water filters for all

A plan to provide water filters for all Napier homes has been ruled out as Napier City Council plots a possible path to chlorine-free water over the next two decades.

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Valuing water in Aotearoa: World Water Day

Today is World Water Day and this year, and Water New Zealand's chief executive, Gillian Blythe says this year's global theme of valuing water is particularly pertinent here in Aotearoa as we come to grips with Te Mana o te Wai and the need to uphold the mauri of the water.

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Carterton water contamination: When will it end?

"Finding contamination sources in town networks can be notoriously difficult" - Water New Zealand Technical Manager, Noel Roberts.

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Three Waters reforms: Government launches workshops to explain to iwi, councils

The government is hosting a series of workshops on its Three Waters reform programme targeted towards informing councils and iwi.

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Too many New Zealanders receive drinking water of unknown quality

17 March 2021

One in five New Zealanders are supplied with drinking water that is not guaranteed to be safe from bacteria contamination, according to Ministry of Health data.

Water New Zealand’s chief executive, Gillian Blythe says that is a serious public health risk.

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Nanaia Mahuta explains three waters reform

The government is pushing ahead with its three waters reform programme, the biggest shakeup in local government in decades.

Listen here to the interview with the Minister of Local Government, Nanaia Mahuta talking on RNZ to Kathryn
Ryan.


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CDEM Capability Assessment Tool 2020

The CDEM Capability Assessment Tool is a self-assessment tool for any organisation involved in civil defence emergency management to assess its capability to manage emergencies.

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Water conference expo stands sold out in record time

Single exhibition stands at this year’s Water New Zealand Conference and Expo have sold out within minutes of going on sale today.

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Old lead fittings likely cause of Dunedin contamination

The Dunedin City Council is still investigating possible causes for high lead levels in the water supply for Waikouaiti, Karitane and Hawksbury Village, but it believes three of the six intermittent elevated lead levels can likely be attributed to old, cast-iron pipes with lead fittings in the vicinity of Edinburgh St, Waikouaiti.

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East Otago residents to find out more about lead water tonight

East Otago residents will tonight find out what, if anything, authorities have learnt about the lead contamination of their water supply.

The Dunedin City Council revealed five weeks ago that it had found lead contamination in the water Waikouaiti, Hawksbury Village and Karitane.


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Wellington Water in 'dangerous spiral'

A Wellington Water director says the company is in a "dangerous spiral" where resources are sucked up dealing with burst pipes and less money is available for investment.

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Govt challenged over end-use of water and plastic in bottling plant decision

A pending Court of Appeal decision on plans for a big water-bottling plant raises the question of whether Cabinet will write the end-use of water and plastic into new consenting laws

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Newsroom water infrastructure investigation

Data from Water New Zealand's National Performance Review has featured in an indepth series by Newsroom looking at how decades of underspending has led to the current water infrastructure crisis facing many regions across the country.


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Jon Lamonte appointed as Chief Executive of Watercare

Watercare Chair Margaret Devlin has announced the appointment of Jon Lamonte as Chief Executive of Watercare following a comprehensive recruitment process.

Jon is currently CEO of Sydney Metro and will join Watercare on 6 April 2021.

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Water New Zealand welcomes new Taumata Arowai Board

Water New Zealand says the establishment of the new Taumata Arowai board is an important milestone in the journey towards safer drinking water for all New Zealanders.

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New water regulator board announced as major Government reform moves forward

Major water reform has taken a step closer with the appointment of the inaugural board of the Taumata Arowai water services regulator, Hon Nanaia Mahuta says.

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Bowel Cancer NZ questions links between the disease and low nitrate levels in drinking water

A medical adviser for Bowel Cancer NZ has criticised studies linking lower levels of nitrates in drinking water with an increased risk of bowel cancer.

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Plan to charge Christchurch residents for excess water use

Water New Zealand's CEO, Gilian Blythe says it's important that households know how much water they use. "I think the same thing with your electricity bill or your bank account, if you've got information you can think about what you're doing," she said.

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Wellington water chaos a warning for all

“Sometimes it has been difficult to make the case to councils for spending as much as is required to build a resilient network,” says Water New Zealand’s CEO Gillian Blythe.

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Calls for tougher rules around home plumbing after lead contamination in drinking water

Water New Zealand's Noel Roberts talks about the many ways that lead can get into our water supply.

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Lack of resources to blame for low-quality tap water - Noel Roberts

Water New Zealand Technical Manager Noel Roberts talks about the challenges and opportunities we face in ensuring that all New Zealanders have access to safe drinking water.


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Residents could wait months to drink tap water

Asked at a Waikouaiti Coast Community Board meeting last night if the communities north of Dunedin were looking at days, weeks or months of using alternative supplies, Dunedin City Council 3 Waters group manager Tom Dyer said the timeframe of days could probably be excluded.

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Timaru District Council diverts water metering issue

A proposal to introduce water metering for all domestic users in the Timaru District has been kicked down the road for another two years.

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East Otago lead contamination: Panel to head rapid review selected

Independent experts have been appointed to the government's rapid review into lead contamination in east Otago's drinking water.

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What is the state of drinking water testing around NZ?

Dunedin City Council continues to hunt for the source of the lead contamination spikes in drinking water test results from east Otago, and it has started a project to replace 5km of old pipes.

RNZ's Checkpoint programme contacted other districts around Aotearoa to find out if Otago's drinking water scare has pushed others to test more frequently.

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Water reforms demand workforce upskill

As the water reforms unfold, it’s clear that one of the biggest challenges facing water utilities will be the need to ensure a competent, professional, highly skilled workforce.

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Hacker attempted to poison water supply of Florida city, officials say

Supervisor promptly reversed the action after noticing lye measurements suddenly changing wildly

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National oversight of waterway pollution being considered

A national oversight of the pollution of waterways by businesses is being considered by central government.

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Wellington City Council reveals $40 million plan to upgrade central city wastewater pipes

Two new pipes will be constructed in Wellington’s CBD as part of a $40 million plan to revamp the city’s ageing wastewater network over the next five years, according to the city’s mayor.

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High levels of lead found in two Dunedin towns' water samples

The Dunedin City Council and Public Health South are advising residents in Waikouaiti and Karitane not to use tap water for drinking, cooking or preparing food until further notice.

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Wastewater testing shows no signs of COVID-19

ESR testing of wastewater for COVID-19 has so far showed no signs of community spread, but the crown research institute is urging people to stay vigilant.

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Understanding Wellington's pipes issues

Stuff journalist Joel McManus has taken a look at what has led to the current problems facing Wellington over its water pipes.



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Drafting error stopping contamination fines 'could be fixed in month'

A legal loophole stopping councils fining companies caught dumping contaminated waste water down the drain could be fixed within a month, a government law expert says.

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Councils can take stronger action against companies dumping contaminated waste - Nanaia Mahuta

Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta says councils can take stronger action against companies dumping contaminated waste water, even though they have identified loopholes in the law on fines.

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Contaminant dumping: Minister says companies must comply with consents

Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta says councils can take stronger action against companies dumping contaminated waste water, even though they have identified loopholes in the law on fines.

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Revealed: The companies dumping contaminants down the drain

Talleys, Ernest Adams and Yoplait are among hundreds of manufacturers and brands dumping contaminants into New Zealand's drains and getting away with it. Read more on the RNZ investigation revealing the extent of ongoing wastewater consent breaches.

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Expressions of Interest for Conference Technical Committee

Water New Zealand is seeking expressions of interest from individuals to sit on the Conference Technical Committee.