Canadian Municipal Water eBulletin
June 23, 2016 In This Issue
CWWA News
Member News
Federal Initiatives
Provincial News
CWWA Member Profiles
Upcoming Events
Snippings and Clippings
MSU Mississauga Ltd.
Xylem Inc.
PPG Architectural Coatings Canada
CWWA News
 
   
Of course, whenever we refer to ‘window’ at CWWA, we mean the ‘Window on Ottawa’. If you weren’t there earlier this month, you really missed a good one! For those who haven’t heard, the renewed Window event is now in June. Same location with the same great program – just a far better time of year. We will be sending out a Communique soon sharing some of the highlights.
 
 
   
Congratulations to our 2016 Utility Award Winners! We had lots of great entries this year – judging by our entries ensuring that communities are engaged in new programs, and doing their part to ensure the health and longevity of our infrastructure is an important focus of our members.
 
 
   
We are excited to announce that our draft program is now done, and should be online in days. We've got an exciting lineup of sessions ranging from water research to wastewater management to stormwater solutions. There is still more to come, including the details on our water utility security and climate sessions and our utility management stream that's still under development.
 
Member News
 
   
Why wait 20 years for specialist knowledge when you can get it in 20 hours?

A new initiative has been launched between CWWA and youlearnwater to provide specialist training for water managers and supervisors. CWWA members can get a 20% discount off the list price by using the code CWWA20 and there are no sales taxes. Anyone who purchases a training course is also eligible to a 20% discount off the list price of all books from IWA Publishing.
 
 
   
CWWA has entered into a training partnership with YOULEARNWATER who provide distance learning courses in specialist technical subjects. Courses are at "Masters" degree level, are self-paced and self-assessed. They are produced by experienced water practitioners for practitioners. Courses can be accessed from your PC, laptop, tablet or smart-phone. Each course comprises a detailed Course Handbook, slides to direct your study, exercises (many of which can be tailored to the workplace) and multiple-choice tests. You can check out the courses available now and coming soon at www.youlearnwater.com
 
 
   
Operators Association (AWWOA) and independently prepared by M. J. Aherne, a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) with a practice in workplace learning and knowledge-management of clinical. engineering, operations, and other missioncritical staff. The primer is designed and intended for Alberta-based utility owners, managers, supervisors, and lead operators of water and wastewater facilities and systems. Emerging ideas about operational succession are outlined, including what it is, why it’s important, and key relationships, rules and legislation.
 
Federal Initiatives
 
   
The proposed drinking water guideline for manganese is a maximum acceptable concentration (MAC) of 0.1 mg/L (100 ?g/L), based on infants, the most sensitive population.

Our drinking water Committee is reviewing the proposed Guidance and will submit comments, if there are concerns with the proposal or the background information
 
FluksAqua
AdEdge Water Technologies, LLC
Fabco Plastics Ltd.
Provincial News
 
   
Prince Edward Island’s Minister of Communities, Land and Environment, announced May 16, 2016, that the province’s Environmental Advisory Council has now completed its report on proposed changes to the provincial Water Act.
 
CWWA Member Profiles
 
   
Rothesay is situated in the Kennebecasis Valley, a quick 15 minute drive east from the City of Saint John. The Town of approximately 11,947 (2011 census) is one of the most attractive.
 
 
   
A robust and vibrant municipality, Parkland County offers a variety of choices and experiences for residents and visitors alike. With the City of Edmonton just minutes to the east, the idyllic setting of Parkland County offers country charm with easy access to city amenities.

With the comfort and safety of Parkland County residents in mind, the Public Works
department maintains local roadways, utilities, and waste management initiatives and County fleet and facilities.
 
 
   
Picturesque Lunenburg lies nestled along the scenic shores of southern Nova Scotia one hour from Halifax and the international airport. Experience our way of life and work amidst historic architecture, attractions and amenities.
 
Upcoming Events
 
   
Browse our calendar of upcoming water events.
 
Snippings and Clippings
On Tuesday evening, Lambton College was presented with a national award from Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan), the national organization that represents publicly supported colleges, institutes, cegeps and polytechnics in Canada and internationally.
 
Water Canada
At around 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, on the corner of Rideau Street and Sussex drive, a massive sinkhole opened up, causing a gas leak and collapsing the street, forcing evacuation of the neighboring businesses. Mayor Jim Watson told CBC that the repairs to the giant sinkhole are expected to take at least a week, and determining the cause may take even longer. The mayor also said it may take "a couple of months" before the cause of the collapse is known.
 
CTV News
A group of mayors from communities on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border is calling for the rejection of a Wisconsin city's precedent-setting request to draw water from the Great Lakes.
The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative spoke out on Thursday, ahead of a meeting in the U.S. next week where a decision is expected on the water diversion application from the city of Waukesha.
 
WWF-Canada
For the first time, Canadians rank climate change as the biggest threat to our freshwater, according to the most recent edition of one of Canada’s most comprehensive studies of Canadian attitudes toward freshwater resources. Canadians also think water is by far the most important natural resource, ahead of oil and gas, coal, agricultural land, forests, base metals and fisheries.
 
Enviroment & Climate Change Canada
Canada and the United States work together under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement to identify chemicals that are in the Great Lakes because of human activities and that cause mutual concerns. These chemicals are potentially harmful to human health or the environment.
 
Calgary Herald
Severe flood events in Canada could lead to more than $13 billion in losses, with less than half of that amount covered by insurance, according to a new report authored by reinsurance company Swiss Re.
 
Water Online
Earlier this month, a terrible wildfire ignited in Canada’s Alberta forest at Fort McMurray. The fire burned more than 420,000 hectares of the forest, leaving behind ash-covered soil that may now feed into Fort McMurray’s water supply.
 
Water Online
Tragedies like the E. coli outbreak in Ontario’s Walkerton in May 2000 could be averted today with a new invention by researchers at York University that can detect the deadly contaminant in drinking water early.
 
Recent reports and events exploring the concept of watershed governance have laid a foundation for reform in British Columbia. However, considerable knowledge gaps still exist in turning concept into practice. Through an extensive investigation involving interviews, surveys, and a First Nations roundtable, this study illuminates the practical needs and capacities required to implement watershed governance in B.C. Key findings and critical insights include that the current system of water management and governance is not working, and that collaborative watershed governance is critical for better decision-making.
 
A large spill of used motor oil into the Grand River in April cost the City of Kitchener $1.3 million to clean up. The cleanup costs were significant, much more than I anticipated," Mayor Berry Vrbanovic said in an email. "But they were necessary to protect the water supply and the environment enjoyed by thousands of people." The city hopes to recover those expenses through its insurance coverage to avoid any cost to taxpayers, he said.
 
 

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