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A new tool empowers anyone with a web browser to observe water’s constantly shifting courses, an International Water Association report reveals A team at Deltares, a water research institute based in Delft in the Netherlands, has unveiled a revolutionary tool that allows anyone, anywhere, to visually monitor the comings and goings of the Earth’s surface water on a timeline from 1985 through to the present. Continue →
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Waikato District Council has appointed a contractor to continue the cleaning and inspection of its wastewater network which was started in early 2017 The contractor, HyrdoTech, is also providing vacuum (or sucker trucks as they’re also known) on an as-required basis to assist with the operation of the network, particularly emergency response. Continue →
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The mounting public anger over foreign-owned companies bottling and selling water offshore is a signal that a national conversation over water pricing is long overdue, says Water New Zealand CEO John Pfahlert It was clear that the Environment Minister Nick Smith under-estimated the level of concern earlier this year when he labelled the growing public frustration over bottled water as “misguided”. Continue →
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A Freshwater Symposium hosted by Local Government New Zealand last week showed there is a strong platform for improving freshwater quality in New Zealand Over 200 delegates from across local and central government, iwi, the science community and the primary sector gathered in Wellington for the two-day symposium. Continue →
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Local Government New Zealand has welcomed the Health Committee’s report on the Health (Fluoridation of Drinking Water) Amendment Bill and looks forward to its progress through Parliament The local government representative body believes the bill will bring consistency to the issue of fluoridation and will see the decision-making process rightfully transferred to health experts rather than local government.  Continue →
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Infrastructure New Zealand has welcomed new government support for economically and environmentally sound irrigation proposals – with one important caveat “Equity investment is preferable over debt funding to maximise public benefit,” says Infrastructure New Zealand Chief Executive Stephen Selwood. Continue →
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A “dysfunctional relationship” between local authorities, poor infrastructure and faecal contamination led to more than 5000 people in Havelock North becoming sick with campylobacter, a government inquiry has found The outbreak of gastroenteritis in Havelock North in August 2016 saw 5,500 of the town’s 14,000 residents become ill with campylobacteriosis. Continue →
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Weak forestry regulations proposed by the National government will do little to prevent forests being planted on steep, erosion-prone country, or avoid forestry debris harming streams, the Green Party maintains The comments follow recent news that Northland’s Mangakahia River has been clogged with forestry debris from plantation forests in the catchment. Continue →
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