Water Haller: Water on the Rocks (...or the Rock)
Okay! It’s time to get serious and book your travel to St. John’s and the National Water & Wastewater Conference. Everything is set for THE national water conference that is specifically designed BY municipal water professionals and FOR municipal water professionals. The conference kicks off Sunday evening, November 5th and wraps up after lunch on Wednesday the 8th. In between we have an exceptional program, exhibitor floor and the funniest networking of any event in Canada this year.
After Dianne Saxe’s opening plenary addressing water, energy and climate change, I am excited about leadership sessions on utility excellence, communications and discussions on the Customer of the 21st Century – what information does your customer demand and how do we get them accurate information. There are technical sessions on the latest research, case studies and discussion on infrastructure management, water pricing and the introduction of artificial intelligence. You will hear updates on federal funding and FCM programs and leading efforts in human resources. If you are a water professional in Canada, you will benefit from attending this conference.
Everyone we talked to said St. John’s was on their bucket list. So here’s your chance to combine that visit with Canada’s national water & wastewater conference. Check it all out at www.nwwc2017.ca
If you are a Canadian water consultant or service/product supplier and you want to meet with key utility leaders from across Canada, this is the best opportunity for you. For a look at our delegate demographics and sponsorship/exhibitor opportunities check this out: https://www.nwwc2017.ca/opportunities
National Reports and Research
CWWA is representing you at the national level on several important projects.
We were advisors to Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission and their new report "Only the Pipes Should Be Hidden" looking at water pricing. Read more about this report later in this e-Bulletin or hear the presentation at the NWWC in St. John’s.
CWWA has been leading a national research project with Public Safety Canada and Dalhousie University on resiliency in Canada’s water sector, focusing on physical and cyber security concerns. We thank all our members that completed the survey and participated in the interviews. This report will also be presented in St. John’s.
When CWWA’s Board met last year, we identified a few goals including, addressing infrastructure renewal, building relationships with other national organizations and creating more tangible products for our members. Well, we found just the project that met all these goals. Led by Public Sector Digest and the Canadian Water Network, CWWA joined with FCM and Infrastructure Canada as partners in a national infrastructure survey, case studies and report. Again, this report will be presented at the national conference in St. John’s and the full report available to members.
CWWA and the World
CWWA is also your representative to the world. Later in this e-Bulletin you can read about our role in the IWA and our successful bid to host the IWA’s World Water Congress & Exhibition in Toronto in 2022.
A big part of that bid is our strong relationship with our U.S. partners at AWWA and WEF and also with NACWA. I addressed the AWWA on Canadian issues at their ACE event in Philadelphia in June, and will be addressing WEF’s Government Affairs Committee in Chicago at WEFTEC.
Meanwhile, we continue our global leadership on the flushable wipes issues and efforts to develop an international definition, testing standards and labeling protocols. To support the development of a Canadian standard and education campaign, we have established a special reserve fund here at the CWWA and, together with MESUG, are calling for Canadian municipalities to contribute funds to this campaign. http://www.cwwa.ca/flushables_e.asp