While CWWA was established to be the voice of Canadian water utilities at a national level, we have also become your representative to the world. Our very structure is designed to ensure a relationship with our American partners at the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the American Water Works Association (AWWA). We recognize that, as individual water professionals, your first membership is with WEF or AWWA. It is through your provincial/regional WEF member association or AWWA section that you get critical training, resources, and start to build your local networks for support. Part of that individual membership fee in each organization goes toward advocacy efforts in Washington, DC. That doesn’t make sense for Canadian members, so that is where your CWWA comes into play.
The Water Canada Summit featuring CWWA’s Window on Ottawa content is fast approaching. We’ve worked together to line up a great range of speakers both on federal initiatives impacting our members, and on water issues and science in general.
Plan to attend the NWWC 2023. Registration, exhibitor and sponsor opportunities are all available online. We’ve completed the presentation proposal review and are looking forward to sharing the technical program with everyone. In the meantime we’ve added a program outline to our website to give you a sneak peak of the sessions we’ve got planned.
Watch for information on our Lunch and Learn webinar series, featuring updates from federal departments that we couldn't include in the Water Canada Summit. The schedule and registration will be available soon.
Guidehouse, on behalf of NRCan and in collaboration with CWWA, is conducting a national study to estimate the energy intensity of treatment and delivery of potable water and disposal of wastewater in Canada, and an estimate of the average incremental rates paid by residential customers for that water. The information collected in this survey will enable NRCan to determine, describe and quantify the impacts of programs, policies, tools, and other work by NRCan affecting water consumption and associated energy consumption. This is a high priority initiative for NRCan in support of the Canadian Government’s energy efficiency goals.
We've invited our member and non-member contacts to complete the survey, and we sincerely thank everyone who's taken the time to do so. If you haven't there's still time! NRCAN has extended the deadline until May 30. A reminder that the goal is to get one response per organization, so please work with our colleagues to coordinate a response.
Are you seeking inspiration and new ideas for your work in the water industry? Look no further than ACE23, the Annual Conference and Exposition hosted by the American Water Works Association (AWWA). Taking place from June 11-14 in Toronto, ACE23 is the premier event for water professionals across North America and beyond.
ACE23 offers a variety of opportunities for attendees, including informative sessions and workshops, engaging discussions, and the chance to explore cutting-edge technology and equipment. With topics ranging from water treatment to conservation and infrastructure, you'll gain valuable insights to take back to your workplace.
Beyond professional development, ACE23 is also a chance to connect with colleagues and make new connections. Whether you're a seasoned veteran of the water industry or just starting out, you'll find ACE23 to be the perfect chance to network and build relationships with like-minded professionals.
At ACE23, you'll have access to a wealth of resources, including industry experts, leading-edge technology, and key decision-makers. By attending, you'll stay up-to-date with the latest trends and solutions in the water industry, positioning yourself to tackle the most pressing challenges facing the field.
Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to learn, grow, and connect with the water industry's best and brightest. Register now at AWWA.org/ACE and join us in Toronto for ACE23. We look forward to seeing you there!
On May 19 the Government of Canada announced the publication of the draft State of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Report.
Canada has previously prohibited the manufacture, use, sale, offer for sale, and import of three subgroups of PFAS, with limited exemptions. The government is also taking action to protect firefighters, reduce Canadians’ exposure to PFAS in drinking water, and manage PFAS in biosolids.
The guideline technical documents referenced in the notice are intended to inform decisions by provincial, territorial and local authorities that are responsible for the management of recreational waters. The referenced documents include information on sampling and analysis for microbiological parameters for, among other things, fecal wastes that are introduced into the water by humans and animals, and harmful cyanobacterial blooms.
On April 20, 2023, the Office of the Auditor General of Canada notified the Speaker of the House of Commons about the release of Reports 1 to 5 of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development to the Parliament of Canada. The Commissioner’s latest reports reviewed federal programs and policies for the 2019 to October 2022 time period to ensure they were achieving their stated objectives.
On April 18, 2023, Canada launched new consultations on a regulatory framework that serves as the starting point for the proposed Recycled Content and Labelling for Plastic Products Regulations; and a technical paper outlines the reporting requirements for the federal plastics registry.
Plastic pollution, especially microplastics is becoming an increasing concern for water and wastewater facilities as the science advances. Controls on plastic production, recycling and disposal are an important cornerstone in addressing the problem.
Under specified conditions, stormwater diversions of up to 6,250 cubic meters per year are now exempt from requiring a Water Act licence. This will make it easier for Albertans to access and use stormwater instead of higher quality water sources.
The CSA Group has released a new report designed to help governments shift from traditional grey or engineered infrastructure, such as walls and dikes, to nature-based solutions like restoring forests and wetlands, to manage flooding and erosion.
Manitoba has formed a task force to ensure that the delays plaguing the $2.2-billion upgrade projects at the North End Water Pollution Control Centre — Winnipeg’s oldest and largest sewage facility — will not impact the 2030 provincial deadline.
Health experts have been sounding the alarm about PFAS, human-made toxic chemicals that last so long in the environment and people that they've been called "forever chemicals. The compounds have been linked to cancer and other illnesses, and more than 95% of all Americans who have been tested have detectable levels in their blood.
Deputy Mayor Jennifer McKelvie (Scarborough-Rouge Park) and Toronto City Councillor Dianne Saxe (University-Rosedale) have announced that 100 per cent of short-term actions in support of the City of Toronto’s ambitious net zero emission targets are now underway, with some complete. The update is one of the key findings within two City reports on progress in implementing the ambitious TransformTO Net Zero Climate Action Strategy: the 2022 Annual Update and the Carbon Accountability Report.
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