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July 24, 2014

16th National Conference on Drinking Water - update on the program and more

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The 16th Canadian National Conference on Drinking Water is the national conference of the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Committee on Drinking Water, and that group is an integral part of planning and setting the program. The event attracts water researchers, regulators and utilities across the country.

Check out the Technical Program and Opening Plenary Speakers

The entire technical program is online. We have a wide-range of speakers presenting on the latest research in water quality including presentations on new techniques to analyze water, new treatment technologies, several sessions dedicated to QMRA and other risk management tools. CWWA, the Canadian Water Network and WaterTap are also collaborating to expand the program to add more sessions that focus on the topics that matter most to our utility members. We have sessions exploring the challenges of full cost pricing and recovery, the legal and scientific research on lead in large buildings, the new "Blue Cities" initiatives and more. We’re still adding new topics and sessions so be sure to continue to check the program.

We’ve also added new information on our exciting plenary session. Leading water expert Larry Moore interviews author Ralph Pentland co-author of the recent book Down the Drain: How We are Failing to Protect Our Water Resources. In his book Ralph challenges Canada’s water regulation and management.

This interactive plenary session will explore what we, as water utility managers, operators, researchers and regulators, are doing to meet the emerging threats to water quality, security and supply. Are we doing enough? What can we do better? Where are we failing? Where are we excelling?

The dialogue, discussion and issues raised will cast an exacting eye on water regulation and management across the country – raising issues that we, as an industry, need to tackle together. It will also highlight the amazing work communities across the country are doing as keepers of our water resources, and celebrate the amazing gift of clean safe drinking water.

Learn how climate change could impact water utilities and discuss how we can adapt

CWWA's Climate Change Committee will be hosting a workshop in parallel with the Conference. The Committee is still hard at work developing the agenda but sessions will focus on:

- Coping with Climate Related Extremes and Funding Adaptation
- Climate Change, Drinking Water Quality and Impact on Budgets

In order to focus on building dialogue and discussion the Workshop will also include a table top exercise and several panel discussions.

The Workshop is schedulpd for October 28 and all delegates are welcome to attend the whole day, or pop in for presentations of interest. If you are planning on attending just the Workshop simply register for the daily package only.

More information is coming to our website soon.

Register today for this exciting Event

We offer easy online registration, which means you can secure your place at the Conference with a few simple clicks of the mouse.



Why stay at the Conference Hotel?

It's the centre of conference activity, that's why! You'll be able to network easily with other conference attendees. It's a quick trip to get to the program and functions, and just as quick to nip back to your room for a break. You'll have a better conference experience.

The Hilton Lac-Leamy  is packed with amenities like a full service spa, gym, swimming pool and with easy access to the  Casino du Lac-Leamy you may never want to leave. If you do want to go explore the National Capital Region, the hotel is within easy access of all the tourist attractions, dining and nightlife that the Ottawa region has to offer.

Reserve your room and plan your trip now.

Stand out from the crowd - exhibit or sponsor

You can also reserve any of our sponsorship or exhibition opportunities online. Our complete sponsorship prospectus is available on our website - be sure to check it out to learn about the fantastic opportunities to support the event and promote your products and services. For more information on sponsorship and exhibitor options contact Anita Wilson at or directly at (613) 291-7170.


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