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Drinking Water Quality Committee Updates

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CWWA’s Drinking Water Quality Committee has been busy in 2018. The Committee meets by teleconference monthly to keep on top of Committee priorities.One of the primary ongoing work items for the group is to review and comment on the Health Canada Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality. In 2017, the Committee submitted extensive comments on the proposed guidelines for lead in drinking water. These Guidelines would significantly lower the Maximum Allowable Concentration, and change sampling protocols. While the Committee fully supported the need to lower the guideline, it will present challenges for water utilities, as it is a complex issue. Since then, the Committee has continued to discuss the challenges, and ways CWWA can support our members when the Guideline is finalized and we move into implementation. CWWA’s submission on lead is available on our website at:

CWWA also submitted comments on a private member's bill calling for the federal government to take a more active role, especially in research surrounding lead in drinking water. This submission is available at:

In late 2017 CWWA also submitted comments on Guidelines on uranium and enteric viruses in drinking water.

The Committee is currently reviewing new proposed guidelines for

The Committee is actively supporting the program development for the National Water and Wastewater Conference in Montreal. They are developing several sessions on targeted topics including laboratory processes and legionella/cooling tower issues.

Join – we always welcome new members. To join the Committee contact
Kara Parisien at

Our Committee

Chair:Klas Ohman, Associated Engineering
William Anderson, University of Waterloo: Water Science, Technology & Policy Research Group
Larry Chow, Metro Vancouver
Stephen A. Craik, EPCOR Water Services Inc.
Duncan Ellison
Laith Furatian, University of British Columbia
Renee Grosselle, City of Winnipeg
Brian Jobb, Walkerton Clean Water Centre
Laurent Laroche. Ville de Montréal
Will Robertson, Consultant in Water Microbiology
Patsy Root, IDEXX
Lynnann Winsor, City of St. John's