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Effluent Pond Design Course Progressing Slurry Storage

17 May 2013

NEW ZEALAND – Designers and contractors are being kept abreast of slurry storage options by an effluent pond building course that is rapidly gathering momentum.

The course shows the increasing priority that effluent management is getting from the industry, said Infratrain New Zealand CEO Phillip Aldridge.

A nationwide partnership of Infratrain NZ, New Zealand Water and Dairy New Zealand devised the farm effluent pond design course last year along with Environment Training Academy Consultants.

The team, led by Opus International Consultants, say the course is a challenge and offers a thorough education.

“Dairy farmers can be confident that those who have completed this course have the knowledge to provide an effluent pond built to industry good practice,” said Hugh Ratsey.“The course includes a series of workshops with emphasis on practical learning.”

Already more than 70 company representatives have completed the course, a statistic which Dairy New Zealand Sustainability Team Leader Theresa Wilson is urging more to sign up and complete the course.

“Companies are really stepping up to the plate by attending these courses. These are specifically designed to help them meet the standards for the design and construction of ponds, outlined in the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ) Practice Note 21,” said Theresa.

The course will be held in Hamilton, Taupo, Oamaru, Palmerston North and Christchurch. Companies can still register at


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