Association Updates

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Stormwater Update

Stormwater Group Committee

Congratulations to James Reddish and Troy Brockbank, elected Chair and Deputy Chair respectively, at the recent Stormwater Group AGM; and welcome to new committee members.

Thanks to all outgoing committee members, in particular Mike Hannah and Dean Watts for their Chairmanship roles.

Stormwater Awards

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 awards:

  1. Professional of the Year , Bronwyn Rhynd, CKL
  2. Paper of the Year , CONTINUOUS SIMULATION MODELLING TO SUPPORT HEALTHY WATERWAYS; Jahangir Islam (AECOM), Josh Irvine (WSP Opus), Nick Brown and Nadia Nische (both Auckland Council)
  3. The inaugural Stormwater Innovation Award, Stormwater 360’s “LittaTrap™”.
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DIA 3 Waters Paper

The Government has released its Cabinet paper Review of three waters infrastructure: key findings and next steps.

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John Pfahlert CEO of Water New Zealand discusses possible wide ranging reforms to our three water services.

So what's in the pipeline for reform? And who is going to pay to replace the ageing infrastructure? John Pfahlert is the Chief Executive of Water New Zealand and Marcus Rink is the Chief Inspector of Drinking Water at the UK's Dept of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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Nationwide Havelock North Outcomes Seminars a Great Success

Recently Water New Zealand presented 17 seminars involving over 800 people from Whangarei down to Invercargill on the Outcomes of the Havelock North Inquiry.

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Noel Roberts featured in "Can you taste it? All your water chlorination questions answered"

Noel Roberts, technical manager at Water New Zealand, a non-profit organisation focused on the water sector, has answers to the ins and outs of water chlorination.

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Water New Zealand in the news: Technical Manager, Noel Roberts on the front page of The Dominion Post, commenting on water wastage. The article also featured data from our National Performance Review Survey

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

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Water New Zealand in the News: Councils grappling with need to upgrade storm water systems after sewage contamination fears at Kiwi beaches

Summer sun seekers have been heading back to beaches after this week's storm, but a handful of spots are too polluted to swim in.

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Quake Centre Projects

Water New Zealand attended the annual partner workshop on the 5th December. A number of interesting projects have or are nearing completion that members may be interested in.

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Workforce capability strategy project

Water New Zealand will be kicking off a project in 2018 to develop a sector workforce capability strategy and we’d like your input.

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MfE’s Urban Good Management Practices Working Group

MfE has established an urban good management practices working group to support implementation of the NPS-FM and potentially inform future policy direction.

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International Water Services Flushability Group- IWSFG

On behalf of the New Zealand wastewater sector, WNZ has signed the MoU for voting rights with the International Water Services Flushability Group (IWSFG).

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Waste Stabilisation Ponds: Design and Operation available for download now

Water New Zealand is happy to provide the long awaited Good Practice Guide for Waste Stabilisation Ponds: Design and Operation.

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NZ lifelines Council

Noel Roberts attended the New Zealand Lifelines Council meeting on the 24th November, this was a quick meeting as a number of us were also at the lifelines forum at the beginning of the month along with 170 other attendees.

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New Zealand Utilities Advisory Group (NZUAG) Inc Meeting Update

Tony Hale, Waipa District Council is Water New Zealand's WSMG rep for NZUAG has provided the following update from the NZUAG meeting held 22 November in Auckland.

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

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

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The Department of Internal Affairs - Three Waters Review

The Government is reviewing how to improve the management of drinking water, storm water and waste water (three waters) to better support New Zealand’s prosperity, health, safety and environment.

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HNWI - Issue 3 Background Paper; Issues 8, 9, and 10 Discussion Paper

Please find below:

  1. A background paper for Issue 3.
  2. A discussion paper for Issues 8, 9, and 10.
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June Report and Recommendations

View the Interim Report and Recommendations dated 14 July 2017.

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Government Inquiry into Drinking Water

The next stage of the Government Inquiry into Havelock North Drinking Water is about to begin.

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Editorial: More answers and accountability needed

One would not blame Ian Inkson if he felt a certain amount of frustration as news of the gastro crisis in Havelock North was unfolding last year.

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Havelock North Stage 1 Report Released

Stage 1 Report of the Havelock North Drinking Water Inquiry is now available.

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Drinking water Management Current Issues Update 7 – Boil water notices

One of the quick wins that has come out of the Government Inquiry into Havelock North Drinking Water evidence, is the need for planning around boil water notices. It was identified by the Hawkes Bay District Health Board, the Drinking Water Assessors and Hastings District Council that better planning and preparedness around boil water notices would have saved time in notifying residents of the need to boil water.

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Drinking Water Management Current Issues - Update 6

The Government Inquiry into Havelock North Drinking Water (stage one, Issue 8 session) (future actions to ensure a safe drinking water for Havelock North) occurred on the 12th and 13th December 2016.

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Havelock North Inquiry

By now most industry participants will be aware the Government has established an Inquiry into the Havelock North drinking water incident.

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Government Inquiry into Havelock North Drinking Water Core Bundle of Documents – Volume 1

Government inquiry into Havelock North drinking water core bundle of documents - volume 1.

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Information brief on behalf of Water New Zealand Government Inquiry into Havelock North Drinking Water

This brief is designed to provide some contextual information about the operation of the water industry to parties of the Government Inquiry into the Havelock North Drinking Water Inquiry.

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Drinking-water Management Current Issues Update 5

There is more to chlorine dosing than just adjusting the chlorinator once to maintain at least 0.2 mg/L as it leaves the treatment plant, there are many factors which can influence the dose of chlorine required.

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Government Inquiry into Havelock North Drinking Water: Minute No 2: Stages of the Inquiry and processes for Evidence

Government Inquiry into Havelock North Drinking Water: List of Issues : Minute No 2: Stages of the Inquiry and processes for Evidence

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Government Inquiry into Havelock North Drinking Water: List of Issues : Stage One

View the List of Issues: Stage One to the Government Inquiry into the Havelock North

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Havelock North water contamination inquiry under way

The government inquiry into the Havelock North drinking-water contamination held its first hearing at the Hastings District Court this morning.

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Havelock North water inquiry would look at fault, but not 'liability'

The inquiry into the Havelock North gastro outbreak would look at which organisation or individual was at fault but it would not determine any "civil, criminal or disciplinary liability", a court has heard.

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Final Terms of Reference for Havelock North Inquiry

Final Terms of Reference for Havelock North Inquiry

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Drinking-water Management Current Issues Update 4

Coping with the initial stages of an event without prior planning can leave you on the back foot in a reactive mode for weeks. Having pre-planned contingency plans can put you in the driving seat in an event rather than jumping from one issue to the next.

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Drinking-water Management Current Issues Update 3

Even though the media have taken the pressure off Hastings District Council (HDC), Brett Chapman, Dylan Stuijt and their teams have been proactive in finding the cause of the recent contamination and preparing Havelock North for the coming summer.

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Drinking-water Management Current Issues Update 2

The purpose of these updates is to create a knowledge environment where all members can access the best information to plan, operate and maintain drinking water networks which takes account of any of the learnings from the Hawkes bay and generally accepted best practice.

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Water New Zealand Media Release - Inquiry provides for much-needed review of drinking water

Water New Zealand says the inquiry into the Havelock North campylobacter outbreak provides a much-needed opportunity to focus on the way drinking water is managed across New Zealand.

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Final Terms of Reference for Havelock North Inquiry

Final Terms of Reference for the Government Inquiry into Havelock North Drinking-water

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Inquiry provides for much-needed review of drinking water

Water New Zealand says the inquiry into the Havelock North campylobacter outbreak provides a much-needed opportunity to focus on the way drinking water is managed across New Zealand.

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Drinking-Water Management Current Issues Update 1

As you may be aware Hastings District Council and Hawke’s Bay Regional Council have been confronted with an aquifer contamination effecting Havelock North’s water supply, which will now be the subject of a National Inquiry.

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HAVELOCK NORTH WATER CHLORINATION: BRENT MANNING RESPONDS TO MP STUART NASH

Mr Nash wrongly attributed a recent Radio NZ interview http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player?audio_id=201812605

to me rather than Chief Executive John Pfahlert who gave the interview, however as President of Water New Zealand I have been happy to respond to Mr Nash.

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Submission by Water New Zealand on the Draft Terms of Reference for the Government Inquiry into the Havelock

Submission by Water New Zealand on the Draft Terms of Reference for the Government Inquiry into the Havelock

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HAVELOCK NORTH WATER CONTAMINATION UPDATE

Well, it’s been an interesting 3 weeks since the outbreak of campylobacter in Havelock North. The outbreak is probably going to be a game changer in terms of the way we approach water treatment in New Zealand going forward. It’s certainly going to affect the work plan of the Association in the coming months.

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Draft Terms of Reference into Havelock North Contamination

Draft Terms of Reference into Havelock North Contamination