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It May Be Summer Time, But It’s Certainly Not a Slow Time

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Is there ever really a slow time in the water and wastewater sector? If there is, it’s certainly not in the summer. Despite everyone trying to squeeze in vacation, this is the busiest construction time – trying to get as much as we can on that new plant, pumping station, or the pipe replacement program.

Of course, this is also when we are dealing with the new extremes of our weather, from extended droughts to flash flooding from unprecedented storms. Some cities are working with their citizens to reduce water use and address their regional shortages or even address fires. While others are ready to react if/when the extreme rainfall hovers over their community. Some will deal with both this summer.

We are busy at the CWWA on these very issues as federal committee work continues. Our Climate Change Committee is working in a national coalition to rethink our approach to climate change while CWWA is an active part of the national flood risk round table, finance/insurance review and flood mapping projects. Meanwhile we continue to provide our input on asset management programs and funding, the proposed lead guidelines, conservation programs and more.

It’s also a busy time for the CWWA staff as we finalize the details for the National Water & Wastewater Conference in Montreal this November. The full program is available and should be something there to attract all of you there. If the program doesn’t sell you on its own, the deeper purpose of this conference is to facilitate national networking of water professionals from across Canada, North America and the world. Check it all out here: www.nwwc2018.ca