Drinking Water Protection Conference

Drinking Water Protection from the source to the last flowing tap


Water New Zealand's Backflow Group is proud to bring you the 2023 Drinking Water Protection Conference

"Drinking Water Protection - from the source to the last flowing tap"


AGM - Previous Minutes

The Drinking Water Protection Conference is a showcase for all matters pertaining to the protection of our most precious of resources; potable water.

Every two years the Water New Zealand Backflow Group creates and runs a conference to bring like minded individuals and parties together to discuss all matters related to backflow prevention. These conferences have usually been structured around the point of supply definitions, changes to test procedures, legislative challenges, best practices for the myriad different Councils/Water Authorities and also highlighting new technologies that improve the overall backflow prevention programme in Aotearoa both inside and outside the property boundary.

This year the conference organisers have decided to broaden the scope and cover the protection of the water from the source to the last flowing tap. That is because backflow devices should not be the first line of defence for the water, they should be the last. We need to be able to think ahead, plan our networks (both small and large, both rural and urban) and have a multitude of approaches ready to mitigate risks we encounter be they raw water sources, cross connections or even bacteriological threats.

The Backflow Group has invited international speakers to give a global aspect of how we protect water from contamination, highlight the many things that can go wrong without sufficient protections in place and bring together different agencies like MBIE, Taumata Arowai and Water New Zealand to understand how this all connects together in the new legislation. Understanding this connectivity will be vital in making Water Reform a success and ensuring that the water we take for granted will be protected in the years to come. This does not come without challenges and having a conference like this will give everyone a chance to be heard, make changes and keep us all safe.

Download programme here


The two-day event is $700+GST for Water New Zealand members, and $900+GST for non-members. Members will need to be logged in to access the member rate. Registration includes Welcome Function and Conference Dinner.

If you can only attend for one day $400 + GST for Water New Zealand members and $450 + GST for non-members. For day registration, you will need to contact Katrina Guy. These rates will include conference catering but not the Conference Dinner.

  • Day Registration $400+GST for Members $450+gst for non members
  • Student/apprentice $250+gst
  • Additional dinner ticket $110+gst

We are pleased to announce that the Expo has sold out.

    If you are interested in a Sponsorship package or have any questions about this event please contact Katrina Guy

        • 01/08/2023 - 02/08/2023
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        • 08:30 - 17:00
        • The Parnell Hotel & Conference Centre, 10/20 Gladstone Road Parnell, Auckland, NZ
        • $805.00Members $1,035.00Non Members
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        Exhibition Stands.docx

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        15 Mar 2023

        2023 Backflow Conference Sponsorship.doc

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        15 Mar 2023

        Backflow Group AGM - Minutes 6 August 2021.pdf

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        17 Apr 2023

        2023 expo floor plan.xlsx

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        30 May 2023


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        30 Jun 2023

        2023 DWP Conference Programme final.pdf

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        28 Jul 2023