New Zealand has long hung its international reputation on its unique tourism, natural food products, agriculture prowess and clean image. But the quality of its water is also part of the story, says a Scottish expert.
These errors have been corrected and the Appendix has been republished.
MBIE have provided some useful links for building code updates and G12 water supply standards.
Keeping the drinking water supply safe without chlorine is certainly possible
"At the end of the day, the law is the law and must be abided by. The rules are there for a reason they are there to ensure proper process is followed,"
Controversial Chinese water bottlers Cloud Ocean Water has stopped production at its Belfast water bottling plant in Christchurch,
I am delighted to share this latest Global Water Annual Review – showcasing our key projects, initiatives and achievements from the past 12 months.
Jim Graham from Water New Zealand joins RNZ to explain what will be different, and what the effects might be.
Jim Graham from Water New Zealand says, "I think what's really important is this organisation, the new regulator [of] drinking water, waste water and storm water has kaitiakitanga at its heart
Please find attached the Cabinet Paper and press statement from the Minister of Local Government announcing the establishment of a new drinking water regulator.
Water New Zealand has described the proposed water reforms announced by the Government today as ground-breaking.
The Association is calling for companies and individuals to get involved in our Australian Government funded programs in Vietnam and Cambodia.
The Government is undertaking a wide-ranging review of the Resource Management Act to improve environmental outcomes and enable better and timely urban development.
The key issues to be addressed will include removing "unnecessary complexity", ensuring faster and more responsive land use planning, and ensuring Māori have more participation.
A leading public health scholar warns 50 people could be dying from bowel cancer every year because of nitrate levels in their drinking water.
Environment Canterbury has rejected claims from Forest & Bird that it has been ignoring calls to address nitrate concentrations.
On the contrary, it says it has been prioritising action on this important challenge for many years.
Rarotonga's multi-million-dollar reticulation system is due to be commissioned by the end of the year, but there is debate about how, or whether, the water should be purified.
The Cook Islands deputy prime minister says the government has every intention of speaking more with the people of Rarotonga about how to purify the island's water.
Evidence nitrates in drinking water may cause health issues such as cancer is "inconclusive" but needs investigating, Environment Canterbury (ECan) will say in a letter to Minister of Health Dr David Clark.
Some bulky items, a capital gains tax, less punitive approaches to criminal justice and substantive welfare reform, seem to have been held up at the courier in Jacinda Ardern's much-vaunted year of delivery. But if you thought transformative politics was a tough gig, spare a thought for dental surgeons around Aotearoa who find themselves in the unenviable position of operating on children barely old enough to talk.
Opinion editorial by Luke Oldfield Campaign Manager for science-based advocacy group Making Sense of Fluoride.
An opportunity is available to undertake a PhD in Civil and Natural Resources Engineering (CNRE), on a 3 year College of Engineering scholarship ($15,000/yr + fees).
Infrastructure New Zealand Chair Andrew Stevens today announced that former BNZ General Manager of Institutional Banking Paul Blair will take over as Chief Executive of Infrastructure New Zealand following the Building Nations Symposium to be held in Rotorua on the 21-23 August.
View the New Zealand Government’s response to the United Nations detailing progress toward implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
In May, the Three Waters Review completed its targeted stakeholder engagement programme relating to regulatory proposals for water.
Taranaki community’s mammoth efforts to improve freshwater health at a landscape scale have been recognised by a national award.
The Commission has today released their draft report on Local Government Funding and Financing.
"They tend to bind together with other non-flushable materials like oil and fat and create fatbergs," says Water New Zealand's Technical Manager, Noel Roberts.
Water New Zealand says the ruling by an Australian federal judge that Kimberly-Clark did not break the laws in marketing its wipes as flushable is extremely disappointing.
Australia's consumer watchdog has lost a federal court battle against a maker of so-called "flushable" wipes, after accusing the company of misleading claims.
The Ministry of Health has published its annual report on drinking-water quality and compliance, highlighting the significance of Government reforms in this important area of human health.
Plastic is being dropped into Lyttelton Harbour as part of a study looking at the impact it has on our marine environment.
Over the next three months, Kiwi scientists will be monitoring the impact and changes plastics have when submerged in water at Lyttelton's port.
Users of Canterbury's world-renowned drinking water have been issued a dire warning: "Pollution could render it undrinkable in 100 years."
President Kelvin Hill interviewed on nitrates on Radio New Zealand's Rural News.
This document provides you with more in-depth information on the new National Disaster Resilience Strategy, including to help with any enquiries from stakeholders.
World leading research being carried out in New Zealand for pipe and valve conditioning monitoring assessment of pressure pipes while in service by Canterbury University
Read what Professor Pedro Jose Lee has been researching at University of Canterbury and trialing locally.
A new analysis from the Department of Defense shows the Air Force diverted more than $66 million to cover the cleanup costs of harmful “forever chemicals” that have leached into the water supply.
The NZUAG advise of a member-based working group the NZUAG Board is establishing.
This article presents the results of an investigation of the management of HS in water treatment plants (WTPs) in small municipalities.
Invercargill appears to be in the firing line when it comes to climate change with more than 1200 homes and 13 critical facilities in Invercargill and Bluff already at risk of rising sea levels.
The NZUAG Board is calling for nominations from members to be part of a working group that will assess how effective the Code has been and to recommend any necessary changes.
Many thousands of people could be at risk from drinking water with high levels of nitrates.
The Wellbeing Budget earmarked 229 million dollars to clean up our waterways, establish the Climate Change Commission and help bring sustainability to our farms. But it didn't have anything about stricter laws for those who do pollute. Simon Shepherd from Newshub asked Environment Minister David Parker whether more regulations are being considered?
Contractors are working seven days a week to clear a backlog of hundreds of water leaks across Christchurch and Banks Peninsula.
Treated wastewater from Moeraki will no longer be discharged on the beach near the Moeraki Boulders.
The Waitaki District Council's construction of a 34km pipeline from Oamaru to Hampden to supply safe and reliable drinking water to outlying communities has been named a finalist for a Local Government New Zealand award.
The New Zealand Lifelines Council held a committee meeting on 5 June.
This is a link to known infrastructure research. It isn't complete so if you have additional information that you feel should be added contact Liam Wotherspoon.
Wairoa District Council has until next week to spell out how it's going to stop using an "emergency" sewerage overflow pipe that for the past two years has been discharging wastewater onto a river bank.
Napier City councillors are in favour of funding a report to assess the work and costs involved in providing a citywide water network that could be unchlorinated and would meet new national drinking water regulations that are yet to be confirmed.
Christchurch is pleading with the Government help protect its precious water from overseas bottling companies, saying existing laws are "completely unacceptable".
The council wants the city's aquifer water to be treated as a "sensitive asset" and for new laws to require strict assessments of foreign investors.
Water quality testing at popular swimming beaches has been taken to new heights thanks to the use of drones.
When it comes to continuing professional development, mentors matter. CIWEM has relaunched its training programme for would-be mentors. Eugene O’Connell explains why.
Water New Zealand is keen to hear from members if there is an appetite to join Australia in creating a joint AS /NZS standard.
This is one of 11 National Science challenges current in progress by CRI’s and Universities funded by central government.
Alexandra's new $14.8million drinking water supply could end up costing another $5million because of the discovery in Lake Dunstan of the algae that causes lake snow.
Government officials aggressively pursued a Chinese water bottling giant to invest in New Zealand, even while public opposition grew. Now, multiple legal challenges hope to stem the rapidly growing industry. Charlie Mitchell reports.
Opinion: Dr Eric Crampton, New Zealand Initiative
New Zealand deserves far better water management.
Police announced in October its wastewater testing programme would be rolled out across the country to capture 80 per cent of the population. The pilot ran in Auckland, Christchurch and Whangarei.
The Productivity Commission has been asked by Government to undertake the above study.
In support of the ‘Water Safety Plan Framework’ the Ministry of Health has released the next guidance tool to aid in the development of water safety plan’s the “Handbook for Preparing a Water Safety Plan”.
This report is different to the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ’s regular six-monthly reports that cycle air, freshwater, marine, atmosphere and climate, and land domains
The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment has released a set of proposals to amend the regulatory settings for the building industry.
Water quality and the environmental impact on our waterways are key topics under the spotlight at this year’s Water New Zealand three day Stormwater Conference beginning in Auckland tomorrow (May 1).
Water New Zealand says that all prisons should be supplying safe drinking water and there ought to be no need for prisoners to be given bottled water.
An estimated nine billion litres of water is lost every year in Christchurch through leaks, broken pipes and faults – the equivalent of 70 Olympic-size swimming pools a week.
Water New Zealand's National Performance Review shows that South Taranaki has the highest proportion of wastewater pipes in bad condition in New Zealand, with New Plymouth not far behind.
Water New Zealand said the Martinborough contamination case showed the government needed to move quickly to set up an independent drinking water regulator.
Following the Government announcement on 13 February Connexis has been consulting with our industry owners on the RoVE proposal.
Water New Zealand members may be particularly interested in page 354, paragraph 7.5 on emissions from wastewater production.
View the document here.
The Water Industry Operations Group NZ (WIOG) are proud to invite your organisation to participate in the National Water Taste Test Competition.
Water New Zealand says the government needs to move quickly to set up a new independent drinking water regulator.
An independent review into a South Wairarapa town's water contamination has said "it was a matter of luck" that the incident was not a repeat of Havelock North.
The Minister for the Environment, David Parker, has released the first set of planning standardsthat come into force on 3 May 2019.
WaterAid is co-convening a session at the Stockholm World Water Week on women in utilities with the World Bank, USAID and others.
An international study of so-called flushable products such as wet wipes has found that, despite manufacturers’ claims, virtually no products break down to an acceptable degree when flushed down toilets.
Water New Zealand says the report into Martinborough's water contamination event in January shows the need for better education and training in the water sector.
Minister for the Environment David Parker says he will personally feel he has failed if the country's fresh water is not in a better state when he leaves politics than when he entered.
An international planning expert has joined the chorus of people urging New Zealand to start taking climate change seriously.
On Friday 5th April, over 50 engineers and humanitarians took part in a "Walk for Water" in Auckland
Engineering Leadership Forum Submissions for the month of April
Water New Zealand say messages about preventing sewage blockages not getting through to Kiwis.
In December 2017, the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) began a national investigation into whether certain firefighting foams were present at airports and other locations in New Zealand. The foams under investigation contain a banned chemical, perfluorooctanesulfonate (PFOS). This report describes the outcome of this initiative.
Watercare’s newly-released Climate Change Strategy addresses the effects of a changing climate and contributes towards its strategic priority to become fully sustainable.
The prestigious Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize 2020 is now open for nominations.
Otago Regional Council 'at fault' over 7-year Hawea wastewater plant pollution, consents breaches - residents
A wastewater treatment plant at Lake Hawea has been breaching its resource consent for seven years, polluting surrounding land with excess levels of nitrogen.
Umpteen management restructurings and public sector and health sector ‘‘reforms’’ have also eclipsed the public health focus.. In a just-released book, The Health of the People, Professor Sir David Skegg quotes the report of the Havelock North Drinking Water Inquiry of 2017, which uncompromisingly said there had been a ‘‘complete failure of leadership and stewardship’’ by the ministry.
Quake Centre update - Evidence-based Investment Decision Making for 3 Waters Networks (Pipe Renewals) – Developing the National Pipe Data Portal
The Centre has a number of activity streams ongoing including: applied research and the development of guidelines, standards and tools with a focus on smarter ways of tackling problems from a coordinated, national perspective
Concerns about consent breaches, infrastructure limits, and a lack of information about wastewater discharge at the Hawea wastewater treatment plant were the main subjects for discussion at a meeting held late last week
Residents in South Marlborough are a step closer to seeing their town's boil water notice taken out of the newspaper.
Out of respect for those affected by the recent events in Christchurch, the organisers have decided to postpone the walk until the 5 April 2019.
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, 16, has been the driving force behind global youth strikes on climate change around the world.
Listen to Water New Zealand CEO John Pfahlert discuss water bottling with Newstalk ZB’s Heather du Plessey Allen.
The town of Kaikoura has been told to boil water following the discovery of e-coli in the water supply.
Water New Zealand Principal Advisor Water Quality, Jim Graham spoke to RNZ's Karyn Hay on Lately about the implications of the finding.
View the Auckland Water Strategy Discussion Document 2019 online.
'Put New Zealanders first': Protestors take to Christchurch streets calling for end to local water being sold offshore
Thousands of people took to the streets in Christchurch calling on the government to put an end to water bottling.
They had a clear message for the company selling its water offshore.
People who live in smaller communities are paying significantly more for water and wastewater services compared to residents in larger urban areas.
These are the findings of the latest performance comparison report published by Water New Zealand.
There’s been a big increase in the number of sewage overflows during dry weather.
The majority of these are caused by blocked pipes, an all too common outcome of people treating their toilets and sinks as waste disposal units.
A decision by the Westland District Council to build a stopbank at Franz Josef to protect the town's wastewater treatment plant from flooding was not well made nor money well spent, the Auditor-General's report found.
The Ministry for the Environment has released a document on the Review of National Environmental Standard for Sources of Human Drinking Water.
The Ministry of Education invites comment on the Reform of Vocational Education Consultation discussion document.
The National Party is seeking submissions on Our Environment - Discussion Document.
Christchurch could face water restrictions after the city council admitted it will miss its May deadline to remove chlorine from drinking water.
Supplies are unlikely to be entirely free of chlorine until October under the current timetable of work to repair vulnerable well heads.
Christchurch could face water restrictions after the city council admitted it will miss its May deadline to remove chlorine from drinking water.
The Government has decided to create a new Infrastructure Commission based on the existing Infrastructure Unit in Treasury.
Water New Zealand has welcomed the creation of the New Zealand Infrastructure Commission – Te Waihanga.
Chief executive John Pfahlert says that there are huge challenges facing New Zealand in funding much-needed infrastructure and it is vital that it is done in the most effective and cost effective way.
Auckland's Watercare is partnering with Plunket to encourage new parents to keep potential blockages out of the sewage system – in particular, so-called ‘flushable’ wet wipes that are actually nothing of the kind.
As part of the update on LINZ’s resilience work LINZ has a key data improvement initiative that they are currently seeking feedback from users to help prioritise data improvements.
A new report shows that better climate change planning is needed before billions are spent upgrading old water infrastructure.
The contract to build a new $27 million water treatment plant at Whangārei's Whau Valley which will secure the city's urban water supply for decades has been awarded.
A world-first denitrification wall at Silverstream, North Canterbury designed to reduce high groundwater nitrate levels is working as anticipated.
Christchurch City Council water boss John Mackie is understood to have resigned suddenly following a turbulent year.
As Martinborough continues to be impacted by a boil water notice, an expert explains why small towns are more susceptible to bouts of contamination.
South Wairarapa District Council issued a boil water notice to town residents on Friday afternoon after a very low level of E.coli was detected in the non-chlorinated supply.
Cloud Ocean Water has bought a block of land in Belfast near its existing site and says the new bottling plant would employ 200 workers.
Managed aquifer recharge is being trialed as a solution to water problems in Gisborne and in Hinds, Mid Canterbury.
The BRANZ study report on Residential water tariffs in New Zealand contains details of how Councils charge for water, wastewater and stormwater.
31 January 2019
Water New Zealand says that rising sea levels will have a huge impact on water infrastructure many kilometres inland from the coast.
Technical Manager, Noel Roberts says he welcomes the findings of a report released today by LGNZ which attempts to quantify the level of local government exposure to sea level rise, but says the risks won’t be restricted to coastal communities and the impact is likely to be far more costly than the report indicates.
Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management are pleased to announce the publication of the Wellington Earthquake National Initial Response Plan (WENIRP).
The Ministry of Health has released an updated drinking-water standard, DWSNZ 2005 (Revised 2018) which will come into effect on 1 March this year. Water New Zealand supports some of the changes but has concerns about others. This has prompted Jim Graham, Principal Water Quality Advisor for Water New Zealand to write to the Director General of Health, raising a number of these concerns and asking that implementation of the new standard be delayed until adequate consultation with the industry can be undertaken.
Locals were disgusted more hadn't been done to warn the public after 1.5 million litres of raw sewage had been discharged into Bell Block's Mangati Stream last week.
"Regardless of natural delays, we have waited far too long to make the necessary steps for a sustainable future for all New Zealanders," ecologist Dr Mike Joy says.
Stuff correspondent Charlie Mitchell delves into the strategy behind DairyNZ's The vision is clear campaign which the organisation describes as a "movement... to encourage and inspire every New Zealander to think about their personal impact on our country's water quality."
With fundamental reform of our waste, drinking, and storm water on the cards - who will pay the billions and is it time for an aggregation of suppliers?
On behalf of the Water Services Managers Group Water New Zealand has submitted feedback on requested changes to the Non-Financial Performance Measure Rules to the Department of Internal Affairs.
WorkSafe New Zealand’s 10th Edition of the Workplace Exposure Standards and Biological Exposure Indices Special Guide was published in November 2018
Longer, hotter summers are creating more instances of potentially toxic algae in Canterbury rivers, authorities say.
There's no point investing $20.6 million into stormwater upgrades to prevent pollution in Ahuriri Estuary unless Napier residents change their dumping behavior, the council says.
The Napier City Council's environmental team recently photographed a part of the stormwater system on Munroe St filled with bottles, cans and foam peanuts used in packaging.
Key to improving water quality is increasing NZ's wetlands - after 90 per cent were drained.
'Drain the swamp' might be a popular rallying cry for a certain politician, but New Zealand's farmers are being urged to do the opposite.
The Queenstown Lakes District Council has been hit with a $24,000 fine for discharging sewage and polluting Lake Wakatipu.
Council contractor Veolia became aware that a developer had allegedly illegally connected to the QLDC's wastewater network in March 2017.
One key output from the Pipe Renewals programme is the Wastewater Renewals Framework – Gravity Pipelines guidance document.
Rangitikei District Council is confident an issue at the Marton Water Treatment Plant has been corrected and that water will be running clear in time for the weekend.
CEO Ross McNeil says a process error at the plant earlier in the week resulted in discoloured water.
A freshwater scientist says New Zealand is losing the battle when it comes to water quality. Land, Air, Water Aotearoa collates water data from the councils around the country as part of a swimming spot check project across 700 sites and has found 97 unsuitable for swimming..
Will councils will be dominated by climate-change issues in 30 years, rather than worrying about water quality in rivers and lakes?
A drinking-water safety plan is essential to the good management of a drinking-water supply. The Health Act 1956 requires certain drinking-water suppliers to have and implement a “water safety plan”.
As the kiwi summer exodus to the bach or beach gets underway this week, it’s worth remembering a few easy tips to keep you and your family safe from bugs in the water this summer.
Tauranga City Council says the response to the “Save our Pipes from Wipes” campaign following its launch on 15 October has been extremely encouraging..
To date, more than 113,000 Facebook users have been reached while the video has been viewed more than 143,000 times.
Operational & Business Services Team Leader, Cathy Davidson says social media comments clearly support the messages.
The Minister of Health has now issued the Drinking-Water Standards for New Zealand 2005 (Revised 2018) to supersede the Drinking-Water Standards for New Zealand 2005 (Revised 2008).A Notice has been published this afternoon in the Gazette and can be found at https://gazette.govt.nz/notice/id/2018-go6440.
Scientific testing of popular Canterbury fishing and swimming rivers has produced disturbing findings, including the presence of dangerous disease-causing bacteria and antibiotic resistant E. coli.
A new report puts the cost of getting regional wastewater treatment up to national standards at between $330 million and $500m, says Horizons Regional Council strategy and regulation manager Dr Nic Peet.
OAG published their report Managing stormwater systems to reduce the risk of flooding.
A visiting water scientist from the United States Department of Agriculture has been surprised by the poor quality of New Zealand's fresh water. Mark Borchardt is a research microbiologist whose work has been used to improve water quality and protect the health of millions of Americans from waterborne disease.
Don’t be sweet-talked into thinking bottled water is any better for you than tap water. Water New Zealand’s Technical Manager Noel Roberts says drinking water suppliers regularly test for bacteria, protozoa and chemical contaminants
Please find attached a draft submission from Water New Zealand on the Health (Drinking Water) Amendment Bill.
Members may be aware that the Productivity Commission has issued an issues papers on Local Government Funding and Financing, seeking comment by 15 February.
It should not be taking so long to improve our water supplies
Safe, clean water is a birthright of every New Zealander.
Wherever they live Kiwi ratepayers and communities expect to be able to turn on the tap and drink the water without fear of getting sick.
Alarming new data on groundwater in Central Hawke's Bay shows the levels are the lowest ever recorded in November.
This summer project will involve carrying out bucket testing on various irrigation systems types, and surveying farmers. Successful applicants will gain valuable job experience, networking opportunities, and add to their skillset and employment track-record
Water footprints attempt to compare the water efficiency of different products.
The Government’s Three Waters Review is being welcomed by the Hastings District Council, which is well on its way to achieving many of the review’s aims already.
The status quo is not sustainable. This is the message from the Government as it releases its Future state of the three waters system: regulation and service delivery and Local governance for community well-being.
Water New Zealand says the Government’s “road-map” proposals for the future of drinking, waste and stormwater recognises the need for significant change in the way water services are regulated and delivered.
“Long overdue reform of the water sector has created the opportunity for a first principles discussion of what local government can and should do and with what resources, so it is very pleasing to see the Government kick-starting this process,” says Infrastructure New Zealand CEO Stephen Selwood.
The public could have their say on whether bottling firm Cloud Ocean Water can extract water from a deep bore at its plant in north Christchurch.
Environment Canterbury (ECan) is considering whether to appoint independent commissioner Richard Fowler, QC, to oversee a request by the company to use a 186m bore at its Belfast site so it can export 1.5 billion litres of bottled water a year.
A Nationwide Test of the Emergency Mobile Alert system will take place on Sunday 25 November between 6pm and 7pm.
Following the Government Inquiry into Havelock North Drinking Water, Cabinet has agreed to a range of measures to address the Inquiry’s recommendations, including some technical amendments to Part 2A of the Health Act.
The most significant effect of the bill would be to remove specific timeframes for consultation and reduce the minimum notice period for a change to drinking water standards.
Minister of Housing and Urban Development Phil Twyford and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff today announced a partnership that will fund $91 million of roading and wastewater infrastructure to support the building of 9000 homes at Wainui, north of Auckland.
The Government Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) has been created in partnership with Auckland Council, Crown Infrastructure Partners and Fulton Hogan Land Development.
It's an important and contentious question: how do we preserve New Zealand's fresh water reserves, and maintain our beautiful environment, while also keeping up a functional economy?
And what ethical and cultural considerations does that throw up?
It's a question a bunch of academics and scientists have had a shot at answering in a new BWB book, From Mountains to Sea: Solving New Zealand's Freshwater Crisis.
The Productivity Commission has just published an issues paper for its inquiry into local government funding and financing.
Find information on a set of urban water principles which are designed to improve our stewardship of urban water.
Tauranga is following in the footsteps of the UK by calling for restrictions on single-use so-called 'flushable' wet wipes.
The New Zealand Governments draft National Disaster Resilience Strategy is now available for public consultation.
A new report has confirmed that many small communities will be faced with major financial challenges in order to meet new regulatory requirements to improve the quality of wastewater discharges.
HRV Clean Water, owned by Vector, has been fined $440,000 after pleading guilty to making unsubstantiated claims about the benefits of its water filters and also for making misleading claims about the quality of New Zealand's home water supply.
Please find below details of the launch of Melbourne Water's Innovation Competition to fight climate change!
Infrastructure New Zealand have drafted a submission for the infrastructure body consultation which closes on the 26th.
You may recall that the the Havelock North Inquiry recommended that the Ministry should take all necessary steps to boost drinking-water assessor numbers and resources, and that the prerequisite Health Protection Officer requirement to be a drinking-water assessor should be removed.
Police drug testing of wastewater will soon be be rolled out across the country. Testing for methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, MDMA and fentanyl will be performed by the Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR) at 38 sites from Kerikeri to Invercargill, covering 80 percent of New Zealand's population.
The Engineering New Zealand Rivers Group is taking applications for postgraduate student research support grants up to $2500.
An embargoed version of the consultation document for the new independent infrastructure body and a copy of the submissions form from Treasury can be found below.
The Australian & New Zealand Biosolids Partnership (which is managed by the Association) just launched a postgraduate student travel grant for the Biosolids Conference in Brisbane next February.
When E coli was recently found in Wellington's drinking water, authorities responded within hours.
In doing so, tens of thousand of people were potentially saved from illness.
It followed the contamination of Havelock North's drinking water in August 2016, which was linked to three deaths and more than 5000 people falling ill.
Public drinking-water fluoridation and the right to refuse medical treatment — the Supreme Court wades in
Although there is broad support for fluoridation from the Ministry of Health and the New Zealand Dental Association, the practice has remained controversial, particularly in the context of our express recognition of the “right to refuse to undergo any medical treatment” in section 11 of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act (NZBORA).
The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment is currently undertaking a review of the funding of joint Australian/New Zealand standard developments costs.
Water New Zealand made a submission to the Productivity Commission on how New Zealand can transition to a low-emissions economy.
OAG report "Managing the supply of and demand for drinking water" was presented to the House of Representatives
The Auditor-General’s report Managing the supply of and demand for drinking water was presented to the House of Representatives on 20 September 2018.
David Parker as Trade and Growth Minister was interviewed on Q+A on Sunday night.
Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta says small towns will feel the greatest cost burden when it comes to upgrading water infrastructure.
The control of water by a single entity in both Scotland and Ireland is being seen as an example of what could work in New Zealand.
New Zealanders take fresh drinking water for granted - we assume we'll just turn on the tap and it will be fine.
But in reality 70 percent of people living in small towns of up to 500 people get water which doesn't meet drinking water standards.
An organisation that keeps an eye on the state of New Zealand's water says the quality of our drinking water is so bad in places, it could lead to mass death.
Water New Zealand says if we don't do something soon, we'll see another contamination like the Havelock North one - and that in turn could destroy our tourism industry.
The Government is set to strip councils of their power over water following Havelock North's 2016 gastro crisis which was a wake up call for the country.
Speaking to Water New Zealand's conference today, the Local Government Minister, Nanaia Mahuta, gave her strongest hint yet of change.
Applications for the Manawatū River Leaders’ Accord community grants programme are now open.
An ecologist has accused the current Government of not being "ballsy and strong enough" to restore the country's '100 percent pure' image.
Options around water sector reform will be one of the key discussions at Water New Zealand’s Annual Conference and Expo in Hamilton this week (19-21 September).
The conference is being opened by the Minister of Local Government, Nanaia Mahuta who is leading the Government’s reform programme.
Water New Zealand is proud to tautoko (support) Te wiki o te reo Māori (Māori language week) 10-16 Mahuru (September), 2018.
Our water supply might be abundant, but our pipe systems are inefficient and leaky, says Water NZ CEO John Pfahlert.
NZ Utilities Advisory Group are pleased to advise that Issue 14 of NZUAG News is now available.
Billions of dollars worth of roads, pipes and other local council infrastructure are at risk of rising sea levels, a report from Tonkin + Taylor and Local Government New Zealand shows.
Local councils are calling for a nation-wide ban on copper brake pads.
Thank you to all those who have provided initial feedback on GD06 – On-site Wastewater Management in the Auckland Region.
Water NZ chief executive John Pfahlert told a seminar in Christchurch the Ministry of Health had been "missing in action" over water regulation.
We are very pleased to promote the first issue of GroundsWell.
The Water New Zealand 2018 Conference and Expo is just 3 weeks away so we thought we’d let you know that this year we’re going to do things a bit differently in the YWP session, being held at 11am on Wednesday 19 September.
Help celebrate Te wiki o te reo Māori (10-16 September). Water New Zealand is proud to support Maori Language Week
A controversial water bottling operation in Christchurch has been ordered to stop its activities after being caught illegally taking water from beneath the city.
Cloud Ocean Water Ltd was granted consent in December to extract around 1.5 billion litres a year at a plant in Belfast, which it intends to sell abroad.
Our three waters system faces significant funding challenges and the status quo is not an option - Local Government Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta speech to Infrastructure NZ 2018 Building Nations conference.
By David Walker
In mid‐August, members of GHD’s specialist water sector team contributed to New Zealand’s 2018 Building Nations conference. Hosted by Infrastructure NZ, this annual event sees key players in local infrastructure development come together to discuss challenges and opportunities for the sector.
Fixing New Zealand's water infrastructure will cost billions of dollars. Could new super-regions or even a special tax be the answer?
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Government is establishing a new group to broaden the conversation with Māori on freshwater.
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.
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.
Judging is underway for the River Story Award section in this year’s Cawthron Foundation 2018 New Zealand River Awards.
What do cigarette butts, syringes, wet wipes and condoms have in common?
A $900,000 pilot study being conducted in Invercargill may soon help water suppliers throughout the country provide safer community drinking water.
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.
The Ministry of Health has updated its guidelines on how to apply the Drinking Water Standards.
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
What actions New Zealand companies and public bodies have been taking to address climate risk largely hasn't been shared, a new analysis finds.
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.
New Zealand councils could lose responsibility for providing drinking water under a major reform of national water management, the Government has announced.
Councils are screaming for financial help from central Government. The problem is, David Williams reports, they might get it sooner than they think.
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.
Professor Michael Baker looks at drinking water safety standards
Napier Mayor Bill Dalton said the Napier City Council was just one of many that felt this way and something needs to be done.
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.
The Government is reviewing the framework within which three waters services are regulated and delivered. In-principle, decisions by Cabinet are expected in October.
The Government has introduced a Bill to shorten the consultation period required to make changes to the drinking water standards
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.
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.
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.
Congratulations to Martin Scott from Hamilton City Council. The winner of our photo competition.
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.
A small group from Irish Water will be visiting New Zealand in September/October this year.
Please find attached the report for National Science Challenge 11.
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.
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.
The Ministry for the Environment has a Zero Carbon Bill discussion paper out for public comment.
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.
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.
Fluoride is making a return to Hastings water.
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.
An update from LGNZ on their Water 2050 project and outlines the release of their third piece of work.
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.
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.
It could be years before high nitrate levels drop in South Canterbury catchments, a groundwater scientist says
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.
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.
Of all the things Aucklanders force-flush down their toilets, wet wipes are especially concerning for Watercare.
The expansion of a controversial water bottling plant near Whakatane is splitting the local community.
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.
A flood of complaints immediately following the introduction of Dunedin city water to Mosgiel’s water supply last year has slowed to a trickle.
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.
As you may know, Engineering New Zealand have launched a mentoring pilot programme in Auckland called Mentor Me.
The government has granted a Chinese-owned company permission to expand a water bottling plant in Whakatane.
A central North Island regional council has ordered the Defence Force to stop discharging stormwater with firefighting foam in it.
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.
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.
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.
A plan to help farmers and growers reduce their impact on fresh water, through good farming practices, has been launched today.
Five months after the city council revealed Christchurch’s drinking water had been compromised, it appears not a single well head has been fixed.
Submission: Productivity Commission Low Emissions Economy
Urban water resilience is a key focus in ARUP's Global Water Annual Review 2017-18.
Mike Brewster, CEO of TasWater has been in New Zealand attending the Water Summit in Wellington.
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.
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.
A major overhaul of how water is regulated and delivered could be on the cards, with the government keen on fewer, larger suppliers.
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.
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.
Summit aims to provide water sector with overview of likely reforms
NZ's water infrastructure is broken but Cabinet yet to decide how to fix it
Water quality in Lake Hayes dominated submissions at an Otago Regional Council long-term plan hearing in Queenstown yesterday.
The Christchurch City Council promised to upgrade 102 well heads within a year so it could stop chlorinating the city's water supply
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.
Wellington Water hosted a central NZ (Tasman, Napier, New Plymouth) 3 waters Managers / Asset managers meeting on the 18th May.
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.
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.
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.
Alex Casey goes on an odyssey to discover the fate of Auckland’s disposable sanitary waste.
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.
The Productivity Commission recently released a paper examining options for NZ to move to a low emissions economy.
Seven Sharp – Should wet wipes be banned in New Zealand for the sake of the environment?
The Environmental Defence Society says that the reaction to Environment Minister David Parkers comments about cows has been ill-informed.
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.
Worksafe NZ is consulting on their draft Health and Safety Strategy.
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.
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.
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.
Attached is the draft terms of reference for the review of New Zealand’s approach to joint A/NZ standards.
A fatberg is a congealed mass found in sewer systems combining non-biodegradable solid matter such as wet wipes with grease or cooking fat.
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:
View CEO, John Pfahlert on TVNZ's Breakfast show
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.
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.
Connexis are excited to announce the new NZ Apprenticeship in Water Treatment has just launched.
Q+A: Why some ratepayers are falling foul of councils wastewater management
Seven Sharp - Why does Christchurch tap water need chlorine when bottled water doesn't?
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.
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.
THE HAVELOCK NORTH water inquiry highlighted widespread systemic failure in our drinking water system.
Christchurch's drinking water supply is likely to end up being chlorinated permanently – and repairing faulty well heads will not change that.
Coping in the face of climate change: Research announced to better support our communities
More properties are testing positive for toxic chemicals in the groundwater near Base Woodbourne, in Marlborough, with drinking water and irrigation supplies affected.
Motu Note #29, Communities and climate change: Vulnerability to rising seas and more frequent flooding
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.
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.
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.
Hydralinc Australia have developed a new tool based on ARR 2016 blockage of hydraulic structures for flood and stormwater modelling.
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.
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.
Christchurch mayor adamant city's water supply will be chlorine-free in 12 months, despite report saying could take 3 years.
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.
New Zealand faces big challenges, including a ``shocking decline'' in the state of our waterways, Environment Minister David Parker warned yesterday.
Councils are already struggling with swimmability targets. Here's why that's a problem
Waipa District Council is standing its ground, having voted for a second time not to form a water company with Hamilton City Council.
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.
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.
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.
A company in Hawke's Bay faces a fine of up to $600,000 for discharging waste into Ahuriri Estuary.
Christchurch residents are about to start tasting chlorine in their water.
Opinion: It’s time ratepayers stopped picking up the bill for tourists.
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.
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.
Wetlands are the kidneys of the land – filtering, absorbing and transforming contaminants before they can affect streams or lakes.
Coromandel property owners and buyers will soon get a heads-up about sea level risk.
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?
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.
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.
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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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.
Hastings district councillors, mayor Sandra Hazlehurst and council staff got more than they bargained for from their first community drinking-water "pop-up box".
The temporary treatment of water in Christchurch will begin from March 26.
A record-breaking 2140 leaks in drinking-water pipes were reported to Wellington City Council in December 2017
BIG changes how Southland’s drinking water supply is managed are likely, Water New Zealand environmental scientist Jim Graham says.
Lessons learned from the Havelock North bore water contamination crisis will be applied to the Western Bay District Council.
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.
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.
Takapuna Beach's poor water quality issues prompt ocean swim to relocate on Auckland's North Shore
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.
Minister for the Environment, David Parker, has signalled that he wants to toughen up water quality standards.
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.
The University of Canterbury has released a new Masters course Infrastructure Systems - Criticality and Lifelines, to be delivered later this year.
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.
Plastic waste in the ocean is a global problem; some eight million metric tonnes of plastic ends up in the ocean every year.
Havelock North Inquiry Outcomes Seminars Brochure
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.
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.
The latest report on the state of the waterways in the Horizons region show interventions are contributing to water quality improvements.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Water meters may be on the cards for the Timaru District with the release of the area's draft financial strategy.
One street at Flatbush in East Auckland was targeted today, with 13 of the 15 building sites failing to meet environmental standards.
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.
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.
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.
The government is being urged to announce changes to improve drinking water quickly or risk losing support for change.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) will begin proactively disinfecting all water supplies under its control before Christmas.
Work is under way to ensure Manawatu's drinking water supplies are up to scratch, after the debilitating Havelock North gastro outbreak.
Queenstown Lakes District Council has begun chlorinating the water in the region
Hamilton City Council Media Release
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.
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.
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.
Waikato District Health Board has lost its drinking water accreditation.
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.
Hundreds of thousands of people in New Zealand drink untreated water, a practice international experts say is "unacceptably risky".
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.
The Government will ban the sale and manufacture of plastic microbeads, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today.
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.
Water New Zealand is urging the Government to implement the recommendations of the Havelock North Drinking Water Inquiry without delay.
The Havelock North Drinking Water Inquiry panel has released its Stage 2 Report.
The highly anticipated final report of the Havelock North drinking water inquiry is due to be released this week
Will the government’s proposed export water bottle tax cause trade headaches?
Napier residents’ water consumption nearly twice the national average.
Minister for the Environment David Parker and Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage today welcomed Cabinet approval of the regulations banning microbeads.
The latest edition of NZUAG News, edition 11, is now available.
The WASH Koro Project has released a series of practical KoroSan guidelines to support uptake of improved sanitation services in Fijian villages and settlements.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In February 2018, Water New Zealand will be delivering a series of seminars on the outcomes of the Havelock North Inquiry.
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.
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.
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.
Coastal flooding and tidal surges are expected to be more frequent and fierce in the decades ahead, undermining the foothold of many coast communities.
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.
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.
Water New Zealand has uploaded research papers on water use/water demand to the Water Efficiency & Conservation Network Group webpage.
Public consultation on two documents about precast concrete work is open and communications around upcoming Hazardous Substances Regulations.
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.
Water New Zealand is seeking feedback on the draft Submission for Water New Zealand on the Proposed Waikato Shared Waters Management Company.
The challenges communities face in adapting to climate change are highlighted in a new report assessing the coastal hazards across Christchurch and Banks Peninsula.
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.
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.
Please remember to keep us up to date with any changes to your contact details.
Water NZ is a member of the National Lifelines Council and attended and presented at this forum.
Auckland Council has just completed “value for money” review of the benefits of combining Auckland Councils Stormwater services with those of Watercare.
Combining the Auckland Council's water company with its in-house drainage operation could save $30 million a year.
The Office of the Auditor-General has published a new report, Introducing our work programme – Water management.
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.
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.
Water New Zealand says a new report has highlighted the serious risk our infrastructure is facing because of climate change.
Farmers are relieved that science - rather than politics - will decide whether agriculture should be included in the Emissions Trading Scheme.
Water New Zealand says a new report has highlighted the serious risk our infrastructure is facing because of climate change.
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.
We think of climate change as a gargantuan global crisis that will transform our environment in ways we can barely begin to imagine.
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.
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.
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.
Keep up to date with what Water New Zealand has been doing over recent weeks.
The National Environmental Monitoring Standard (NEMS) – Water Quality is available for feedback and comments.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Increased irrigation in Canterbury is putting newborn babies at increased risk from water contamination, a medical officer of health says.
This is a general update to keep interested parties abreast of progress with the Pipe Renewals Guidance Programme
Water New Zealand's recent conference papers, presentations and journals are now available online.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fencing of waterways has proven very effective where it has been used to combat the risks of contamination from agriculture, AgResearch says.
Most of New Zealand's river pollution comes from streams that would be exempt from waterway fencing rules, new research shows.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Important information for the upcoming Annual General Meeting.
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.
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.
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.
Good publicity, collaboration and support are vital for farmer involvement in cleaning up waterways, a report on the Rere water quality project has found.
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.
This is an update on the development of Metadata Standards for the three waters network.
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.
International evidence can help provide lessons from last year's water contamination at Havelock North, writes John Pfahlert.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Researchers at BRANZ are currently exploring the human factors behind the construction and infrastructure industry's willingness or otherwise to adopt new practices.
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.
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.
A new Ministry of Health report shows more than 80,000 New Zealanders are receiving publicly-supplied water that has failed bacteria standards.
Publicly supplied water for more than 80,000 people in New Zealand has failed on bacteria standards, an official review shows.
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.
An application to pump water from a Waikato spring for bottling will require consent from Raukawa iwi, the Waikato District Council (WDC) has decided.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
New Zealand's clean, green brand may have taken a hit internationally after the Havelock North water crisis last year.
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.
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.
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?
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Government has announced an inquiry into 3 waters lead by the Department of Internal Affairs.
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.
Water New Zealand submission on the Proposed National Planning Standards
Connexis is launching an Infrastructure Workforce Jobsite!
The IPENZ/Water New Zealand Rivers Group has new contestable funding opportunities available.
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.
Napier’s previously untreated drinking water will remain chlorinated for at least the next three months as the city loses its "secure bore" status.
A regionwide plan to protect Hawke's Bay's drinking water received its first tick yesterday.
Authorities have privately discussed the possibility that aquifers supplying Christchurch's pure drinking water may become contaminated with nitrates from intensive agriculture.
Water New Zealand members are encouraged to consider nominations for the Ronald Hicks Memorial Award.
A specialist workforce from 14 countries is racing against the clock on a project to stop sewage polluting Tauranga Harbour in big storms.
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.
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.
Water New Zealand is seeking feedback on the draft submission for Water New Zealand on the proposed National Planning Standards.
Water New Zealand has recently completed the Water Metering of Customers on Reticulated Supplies Good Practice Guide
Water New Zealand has recently completed the National Guidelines for Occupational Health and Safety in the NZ Water Industry document.
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.
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.
Seven months on from last year’s earthquake, many Kaikoura residents are still without clean drinking water.
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.
Engineering e2e is undertaking research to understand more about potential barriers to recruiting engineers.
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.
A Chinese couple trying to stop a new stormwater connection running under their property say the pipeline is bad Feng shui.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
‘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
Parties across the political spectrum agree bottling companies should pay for the water they take but the Government is sitting on the fence.
Parties across the political spectrum agree bottling companies should pay for the water they take but the Government is sitting on the fence.
Gareth Morgan wants to charge commercial users of water for every litre they use - even farmers.
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?
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.
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.
Water New Zealand is calling for formal collaboration in the drinking water sector to help avoid another contamination crisis.
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.
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.
Federated Farmers is seeking a ''targeted catchment approach'' to addressing water quality, where sustainable economic growth could be achieved alongside environmental goals.
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.
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.
New Zealand’s infrastructure is at a crossroads and needs to be a key focus in the upcoming election, Local Government New Zealand says.
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.
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.
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.
This latest report from Infrastructure NZ reports on a recent study tour to Scotland by Infrastructure NZ and lessons for NZ.
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.
Changes are in the pipeline for anyone working on or connecting to Auckland’s public water and wastewater infrastructure.
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.
Urban stormwater is likely to be the next target in efforts to clean up New Zealand’s waterways.
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.
Members are reminded that their paid subscriptions will renew on 1 July.
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.
MfE is seeking input to the first set of National Planning Standards (the standards).
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.
A Freshwater Symposium hosted by Local Government New Zealand last week showed there is a strong platform for improving freshwater quality in New Zealand.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“Errors” Made by Council Grant Ngāti Tama ki Te Waipounamu Trust Judicial Decision. Tasman Council Ordered to Reconsider Water Consent From Te Waikoropupū Springs.
Local communities are likely to face significantly increased costs to meet water quality standards as a result of the Havelock North water contamination.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rotorua residents could begin paying for the water they use if the council considers a proposal put forward by a local associate professor.
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.
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.
The prime minister says people have "high expectations" for clean waterways, but need to understand the complexity of the problem.
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.
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.
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.
Water New Zealand has recently welcomed two new team members, Charlotte Cudby and Pip Donnelly.
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.
Water New Zealand is refreshing the associations educational resources on drinking water supplies and stormwater management.
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?"
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.
The growing challenges of managing urban stormwater will be a key focus at a major conference in Auckland this week.
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.
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.
Most of New Zealand's native freshwater species are at risk of extinction as water quality faces "serious pressures", a Government report says.
IPENZ is changing its membership structure to create a simpler and stronger pathway for all types of engineers.
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
Abstract submissions for the 2017 5th Biennial Symposium of the International Society for River Science (ISRS) are closing on the 30th of April.
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.
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.
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.
The Annual Report on Drinking-Water Quality 2015/16 was published on the Ministry of Health's website this afternoon 12 April 2017
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
A new dam scheme could help protect Christchurch's dwindling water supply - but charging residents for the water they use is still being considered.
Palmerston North's wastewater treatment plant is powered by poo.
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".
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.
Nearly $1.5 million has been spent by the Hawkes Bay Regional Council on the Havelock North water contamination.
Political columnist Colin James looks at the Government's dilemma over water charging
The final report of the Commission examining possible changes to the RMA was released 29 March
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.
Water New Zealand is looking for someone to represent industry at the Project AF8 Earthquake Response Planning Workshop in April.
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.
Thames Water has been hit with a record £20.3M fine, for polluting the River Thames with 1.4 billion litres of raw sewage.
OECD Environmental Performance Reviews provide independent assessments of countries’ progress towards their environmental policy objectives.
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
A quick note to let you know that the SCIRT Learning Legacy website was launched.
This is a general update to keep interested parties abreast of progress with the Pipe Renewals Guidance Programme.
Connexis/Opus ETC are offering the National Certificate and Diploma courses in Water and Wastewater Treatment for the final time in 2017.
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.
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.
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.
The Government will ask an advisory group that is part of the Ministry for the Environment to investigate the questions around exporting water.
Bernard Hickey discusses why Bill English is ducking the bottled water issue.
"Flushable" wet wipes that do not break down have hastened the demise of a couple of Palmerston North sewer pumps.
Attached is a draft submission by Water New Zealand to proposals by the Government to establish Urban Development Authorities.
The Local Government Commission has proposed a scheme to amalgamate the 3 Wairarapa Councils.
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.
20 March 2017
Water New Zealand is calling for a national conversation over water pricing.
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.
Consultation on safe work instrument prescribing training requirements for asbestos removal work
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.
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.
Four environmental groups have now left the Government's Land and Water Forum (LaWF), leading to claims the group is losing its legitimacy.
Just an update on where we are at with the development of Metadata Standards for the three waters network.
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.
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.
The Australasian Society for Trenchless Technology (ASTT) will be hosting a series of Technical Forums throughout 2017.
This document sets out the Government's further work in the ongoing programme of water reform.
The Local Government and Environment Committee has presented its report to the New Zealand House of Representatives.
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.
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.
A senior Hamilton politician has warned that putting water fluoridation decisions in the hands of health boards won't be a straight-forward process.
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.
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.
Updates on registration details and the conference programme.
Updates on the exhibition, call for abstracts and sponsorship opportunities.
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".
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.
The controversial and costly legal battle to fluoridate the water supply in two small Taranaki towns is heading back to court again.
The lingering health effects of the Havelock North gastro outbreak have prompted consideration of a fund to provide financial assistance to those affected.
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.
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.
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.
Public consultation has opened on proposed legislation to fast track the redevelopment and regeneration of urban areas to better meet housing and commercial needs.
Opus ETC is offering the National Certificate and Diploma courses in Water and Wastewater Treatment for the final time in its 2017 schedule.
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.
Over the past 8 years the Land and Water Forum has produced 4 reports, with a further report currently in preparation.
Is enough being done to improve the quality of our rivers and lakes?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Contaminated water may have entered the Havelock North water supply through a defective bore, scientists have found.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chemist and blogger Ken Perrott looks at the remaining objections to community fluoride to see if they stack up.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Kaikoura earthquake put the spotlight on the infrastructure around our precious water assets and the need to ensure we build resilience into communities.
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.
As soon as residents start realising how much water they use and the cost involved, watering the garden may become less important.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Water New Zealand have been consulted on proposals for reviewing a range of building standards, many of which are plumbing and piping related.
ProjectMax have completed the scoping report in preparation for updating the Water New Zealand Pipe Inspection Manual 2006 (NZPIM).
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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.
The New Zealand Wastewater Treatment Plant Inventory has been updated based on data collected in the 2015/16 National Performance Review in 2017.
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.
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.
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.
In July last year the Association made a submission on the proposed national policy statement on urban development.
The Kaikoura earthquake put the spotlight on the infrastructure around our precious water asset and the need to ensure we build resilience into communites.
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.
DairyNZ says it will appeal the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruling that Greenpeace's "dirty dairying" advert did not breach advertising principles.