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echo adrotate_group(33, 0, 0, 0);A new multimillion-dollar public wetland will improve water quality in South Auckland waterways and support endangered native wildlife The constructed wetland at the 361 hectare Drury South Crossing subdivision, the country’s largest industrial and residential development, is designed to improve water quality in the area. Continue →
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The Taskforce has put forward a 40-page report to Wellington City Council that was approved by unanimous decision   In early March 2020 Wellington Mayor Andy Foster convened a diverse group of 13 individuals, from mana whenua, business, community and local Council to form a Mayoral Taskforce: Three Waters. Continue →
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Decentralised infrastructure can contribute to resilience – and water and wastewater utilities should engage with this potential, Dr Lynn Broaddus says Applications for decentralised, or distributed, water and wastewater systems span a great deal of the managed water cycle, from capturing rainwater and stormwater through to wastewater treatment. Continue →
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Construction is underway on the Mount Cook reservoir, which will more than double the drinking water storage capacity for the city’s CBD and low-lying suburbs The 35 million-litre reservoir is part of Wellington City Council and Wellington Water’s wider programme of work to improve the resilience of the region’s drinking water network. Continue →
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Increased blockages, corrosion, and more stenches are just some of the ways climate change will disrupt New Zealand’s wastewater systems, according to new research from NIWA and Tonkin + Taylor Wastewater systems provide a critical service to society, and their vulnerability to the impacts of climate change places the health and sanitation of many communities at risk. Continue →
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With $761 million of Government investment announced for local councils who opt-in to its wider reform programme, they can now either step up, or carry on with the same old approach and use that funding as an excuse to cut their own “The Government’s long-awaited funding boost and water reform agenda is New Zealand’s best chance to create a high performing water sector for New Zealanders,” says Infrastructure NZ Chief Executive Paul Blair. Continue →
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Meridian Energy cost consumers an additional $80 million and increased fossil fuel use, yet its Manapouri Power Scheme will be exempt from new Government freshwater policy Meridian Energy Ltd deliberately spilled water from Lake Manapouri and its smaller hydro-lakes to drive up electricity prices, costing consumers an additional $80 million, and requiring increased fossil fuel use, the Electricity Authority has found. Continue →
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The Government has announced new rules and regulations to clean up New Zealand’s waterways and protect them from future pollution The Action for Healthy Waterways package sets higher standards around the cleanliness of swimming spots, includes a new bottom line for nitrogen toxicity, sets controls for farming practices like winter grazing and how much synthetic fertiliser is used, and requires mandatory and enforceable farm environment plans, among others. Continue →
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The decision to establish an independent drinking water regulator is very positive and will help bring New Zealand’s water services up to international standards, but the absence of user charges leaves a significant gap in national water policy which needs to be filled, says Infrastructure New Zealand CEO Paul Blair Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Health Minister David Clark announced that the Government will establish an independent drinking water regulator, likely in 2020. Continue →
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It is pleasing that the Government will act to protect and improve drinking, waste and stormwater quality through creation of a dedicated regulator, but further reforms will be needed, says Infrastructure New Zealand Chief Executive Stephen Selwood The Government will introduce a new Bill which will extend regulatory coverage to all drinking water suppliers. Continue →
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Melbourne is all set to host Ozwater’19 in May, Australia’s biggest international water conference and exhibition and the annual event of the Australian Water Association Ozwater is the Australian Water Association’s annual water conference and exhibition where thousands of water professionals, engineers, scientists and local government representatives come together to share and showcase how their organisations are transforming the world. Continue →
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With many areas of Australia facing severe drought – some the worst in 400 years – great importance is being placed on water pipeline construction, maintenance and elimination of leakages over local, regional and far-reaching networks The Australian government has acknowledged the scale of the challenge with a $12.9 million Water for the Future plan focussed on more efficient water infrastructure and refurbishment of older pipes and systems. Continue →
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Recognising a need for change in New Zealand’s water industry brings the country closer to addressing issues with decaying water infrastructure but coherent leadership from central government will be needed So say New Zealand’s contractors, who are heavily involved in the construction and maintenance of water networks, performing tasks such as pipeline installation, construction of wastewater management plants and maintenance of riverbanks. Continue →
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Mineral extraction – gold, silver, copper or iron – has always been constrained by access to water, Montgomery Simus observes Miners had to degrade or devour cubic metres of water to produce each gram, a virtual or ‘embedded’ amount known as each precious metal’s water footprint. Continue →
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Blockchain technology offers enormous benefits to the water industry, as Emma Weisbord explains, but other utilities and business sectors could also enjoy the same advantages The High Level Panel on Water (HPLW) have put forward their Agenda for Water Action, and have highlighted the need for innovative technologies that can resolve the gaps in water data quality, quantity and access. Continue →
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