Effluent pond course builds expertise

Contractors and designers of farm dairy effluent ponds can increase their expertise and stay up-to-date on industry developments with a course led by Opus International Consultants.

Starting this month, the Farm Dairy Effluent Pond Design and Construction course is being held in Hamilton, Ashburton, Palmerston North and Whangarei. Companies can register at nzweta.org.nz.

Across the country regional councils are increasingly focusing their attention on storage ponds and wanting to see well-constructed ponds that are sealed to the right standard.

Ross Wightman, programme manager at Waikato Regional Council says “Having a network of well trained professionals is essential so farmers can get a good quality pond built.”

Representatives from more than 100 companies have already completed the course but there is still a need to ensure more people are taking advantage of the training offered.

DairyNZ sustainability team leader, Theresa Wilson, says dairy farmers benefit from having highly-skilled people building their ponds and is urging companies to sign up.

“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,” says Theresa.

“The entire process of constructing an effluent pond is covered by this pond design and construction course, from planning through to testing and commissioning. Everyone in the construction process has an important part to play and will benefit from familiarising themselves with the standards.” 
Brett Marais from Opus says the companies are put through their paces during the course.

“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,” says Brett.

“The course includes a series of workshops with emphasis on practical learning.”

Bruce Taylor from Tirau Earthmovers, who has been contracting for a number of years, says the course was interesting and practical.

“It reinforced some of the good practice construction techniques we use,” he says. 

“It was great to touch base with other contractors and talk through some of the trickier construction jobs that come up.”

For more information or to register visit www.nzweta.org.nz.

To find professionals who have completed the course check out the InfraTrain register here; http://www.nzweta.org.nz/dairy-effluent-pond 

Farm Dairy Effluent Pond Design and Construction course dates:

Hamilton 27-29 May
Palmerston North 8-10 July
Ashburton 22-24 July
Whangarei 5-7 August