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New Investments to Support Review of Wastewater Contaminants

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On October 12, 2017, the government announced it will invest $400,000 this year for a technical review of contaminants in wastewater to be conducted by Canadian Water Network. An expert panel, chaired by University of British Columbia’s Dr. Don Mavinic, will undertake the review, which is expected to be completed by March 31, 2018. The panel will deliver a report in April 2018 about wastewater treatment options. 

Since the initial announcement the Canadian Water Network has announced the names of the experts who will participate on a new advisory panel tasked with framing and assessing the knowledge, practice, and priorities in municipal wastewater treatment across 

The national panel members:

Chair – Don Mavinic
Professor, Civil Engineering, University of British Columbia

Susheel Arora
Director of Wastewater and Stormwater Services, Halifax Water

Cecilia Brooks
Director of Research and Indigenous Knowledge, Mi’gmawe’l Tplu’taqnn; Water Grandmother, Canadian Rivers Institute

Yves Comeau
Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering, Polytechnique Montréal

Mike Darbyshire
General Manager, Alberta Capital Region Wastewater Commission

Karen Kidd
Steven A. Jarislowsky Chair in Environment and Health, McMaster University

Theresa McClenaghan
Executive Director, Canadian Environmental Law Association

Mark Servos
Canada Research Chair in Water Quality Protection, University of Waterloo

The project will consider the following questions:
  • Which wastewater contaminants do we need to worry about most, now and in the future?
  • What are the options for our diverse Canadian communities to address these contaminants through wastewater treatment?
  • What are the important opportunities and trade-offs involved in those treatment choices, including resource recovery, costs, implications for related issues like greenhouse gas emissions, and socio-economic and cultural fit?
The panel’s work will be augmented by other experts from across the country.

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