Canadian Municipal Water eBulletin
July 4, 2017 In This Issue
CWWA News
Member News
Federal Initiatives
Provincial News
CWWA Member Profiles
Upcoming Events
Snippings and Clippings
Fabco Plastics Ltd.
Xylem Inc.
PPG Architectural Coatings Canada
CWWA News
 
   
Anticipation, anticipation...Is makin' me late...Is keepin' me waitin'. So go the lyrics of the Carly Simon song. The anticipation around the federal infrastructure plan and how the funds will roll out is keeping us all in anticipation. How do we apply for the funds? What are the priorities? What are the requirements? How are the funding decisions made? We at CWWA continue to monitor and will bring whatever news we can to you as soon as we can.
 
 
   
CWWA hosted our Annual Window on Ottawa from June 4-6. This Event remains an Association landmark, offering insight into federal programs and activities.
 
 
   
According to the UN (2014) ‘Globally, more people live in urban areas than in rural areas, with 54 per cent of the world’s population residing in urban areas in 2014. In 1950, 30 per cent of the world’s population was urban, and by 2050, 66 per cent of the world’s population is projected to be urban. Today, the most urbanized regions include Northern America (82 per cent living in urban areas in 2014), Latin America and the Caribbean (80 per cent), and Europe (73 per cent).
 
 
   
We've been busy finalizing arrangements for the National Water and Wastewater Conference - we're excited to share updates that both the preliminary program and the online registration are now available.
 
 
   
All of us in the wastewater sector understand the harmful impact that so-called flushable products have on our municipal wastewater systems. From additional maintenance, to equipment damage, to clogs and system failures to contamination of sludge, this issue is costing Canadian municipalities over $250 million each year. The inappropriate labeling of products and counter-education of our customer’s needs to be addressed. Currently, there are no standards, regulations or official definitions for the use of the term ‘flushable’. A solution is needed that supports jobs and free trade, but not at the expense of our wastewater systems. MESUG and CWWA have combined forces to address this situation for Canadian utilities, but we need your support.
 
 
   
CWWA has added our name to a growing list of supporters for the Alliance for Water Efficiency efforts to save the WaterSense labelling program.
 
Member News
 
   
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities now offers grants of up to $1 million for climate change capital projects. This new funding will help municipalities like yours reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change impacts, such as flooding, extreme temperatures and drought.
 
 
   
The Waters Next Awards are presented every year by Water Canada magazine in conjunction with the Canadian Water Summit. Nominations are received for individual and companies that make significant contributions to the Canadian water and wastewater sector. Selection is made by a panel of water/wastewater industry professionals.
 
Federal Initiatives
 
   
On May 18, 2017, the federal government announced plans to introduce new legislation to implement a carbon pollution pricing system – the backstop – to be applied in jurisdictions that do not have carbon pricing systems that align with the benchmark.
 
 
   
Recent Orders-in-Council will defer two of the milestones for transition to the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) (WHMIS 2015) to give suppliers, employers, workers and governments more time to implement the new system. Implementation will now take place over a three-stage transition period synchronized nationally across federal, provincial and territorial jurisdictions. According to the most recent notice, manufacturers and importers now have an additional year - until June 1, 2018 - to comply with the Hazardous Products Regulations (HPR) requirements. Additional revised deadlines are tabulated in the Notice.
 
 
   
Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) recently proposed expanding reporting requirements under the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting Program (GHGRP) in order to: enable direct use of the reported data in Canada’s National Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory and obtain a more comprehensive picture of emissions by Canadian facilities.
 
Tecvalco Ltd.
Provincial News
 
   
On May 30, 2017, Ontario Bill 68, The Modernizing Ontario's Municipal Legislation Act received Royal Assent and is now in force. The Act amends the Municipal Act, the City of Toronto Act (COTA) and the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act to:

- provide broader municipal investment powers to improve local infrastructure;
- enhance accountability by requiring municipalities to have a code of conduct for members of municipal councils and local boards; and
- ensure the public and municipal councillors have access to integrity commissioners with a broadened role related to conflicts of interest and municipal codes of conduct.
 
 
   
A new list of water and wastewater projects has recently been approved under the Canada-Ontario Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF) agreement. Under the CWWF agreement allocations, announced May 24, 2017, the Government of Canada is to provide Ontario with more than $569 million (up to 50 percent of the eligible project costs). The provincial government is to allocate up to $270 million (up to 25
percent of total eligible project costs). The recipients will provide the balance of funding. As part of the bilateral agreement with Ontario, 38 projects across Ontario have been approved for federal funding amounting to $16,316,774.
 
 
   
The Ontario government has drafted new proposed regulations that would require all municipalities to develop and adopt a strategic asset management policy by January 1, 2019. The policy would include:

• the principles that would guide asset management planning in the municipality, which would be required to include the principles in section 3 of the Infrastructure for Jobs and Prosperity Act, 2015
• which municipal goals, plans or policies the municipality’s asset management plan would support;
• a process for how the asset management plan would affect the development of the municipal budget and any applicable long-term financial plans.
 
 
   
On May 30, 2017, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO), Dianne Saxe, released Volume One of her 2016/2017 Annual Energy Conservation Progress Report, Every Drop Counts: Reducing the Energy and Climate Footprint of Ontario’s Water Use, to the Ontario Legislature.
 
CWWA Member Profiles

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  • Manufacturer of Concrete Septic Tanks, 1000 gal. 4540 L
  • Concrete distribution boxes
  • 24 hour emergency services
  • Septic System installations
  • Septic System Design
  • Septic System Inspections
  • Septic Tank Pumping
  • Grease trap pumping
  • Sewer line opening and televising
  • Sewage & Grinder pump service
  • Tank & line locating
  • Riser installation
  • Maintenance contracts
  • Bio-Clean, Enviro-friendly Bacteria, to keep drains flowing freely
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Upcoming Events
 
   
Browse our list of member and partner events
 
Snippings and Clippings
Water Canada

The City of Toronto has appointed Elliott Cappell as chief resilience officer (CRO), a new position created to lead city-wide resilience-building efforts to help Toronto prepare for catastrophic events and urban stresses that are increasingly part of 21st century life. As CRO, Cappell reports to City Manager Peter Wallace and will oversee the development and implementation of a comprehensive Resilience Strategy for the city.
 
Water Canada

FluksAqua, a collaborative, online platform for water utility professionals has released the results of a survey on the public perceptions of water across Canada.

The survey found that 93.6 per cent of all respondents think that tax dollars should be spent on necessities other than water. Healthcare ranked highest and was followed by Education.
 
Source IWA

Energy is a significant cost for many water utilities, and costs are growing as more energy-intensive forms of water supply, including desalination, are being used. Energy is typically the second-largest utility budget item in developed countries, after labour. In many developing countries, energy can account for 70 percent or even more, of annual costs. But water and wastewater utilities can generate and export energy–in multiple forms.
 
Water Canada

On Friday, Saskatoon began water infrastructure upgrades worth a total of $43.3 million as part of the 2017 Water Main, Sanitary Lining and Lead Water Pipe Replacement Initiative.
 
Daily Commercial News
Dewatering a project site in Toronto became a whole lot more complicated in 2016. In May, the city amended its Sewers Bylaw (Municipal Code Chapter 681). In October, it issued a revamped Private Water Discharge Approval Application that demands significantly more information upfront than its predecessor.
 
 

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