Canadian Municipal Water eBulletin

Canadian Water and Wastewater Association

MSU Mississauga Ltd.
Xylem Inc.
CWWA News
 
   
I often joke about the ‘sea of associations’ for our industry or the ‘alphabet soup’ of water and wastewater associations. There are literally hundreds of associations dedicated to each aspect of our industry. CWWA itself tries to focus on the municipal utility sector serving municipal members and the private sector and academia that support that municipal sector – others might focus on watersheds or groundwater, just research or just equipment. There is a reason for each association to have its own focus on its own unique elements, but there are many topics we share and many times we might be stronger together. I have been noticing more and more positive signs of such cooperation.

Visit http://www.naylornetwork.com/cww-nwl/articles/index.asp?aid=309231&issueID=40411 to view the full article online.

 
 
   
May 5, 2015. Wolf Auditorium, London Public Library

This Workshop will feature Canadian and International experts on wastewater management and collection systems. It will explore the challenges of managing "flushable" products in the collection system - the consequences of flushing products not designed to pass through the collection and treatment systems, the needs to work with industry to develop better flushable products and strategies to influence consumer behaviour.

Visit http://www.naylornetwork.com/cww-nwl/articles/index.asp?aid=309281&issueID=40411 to view the full article online.

 
 
   
The 2015 National Water and Wastewater Conference in Whistler, B.C. will feature a new Canadian National Award for best short presentation of national interest. The inaugural theme will be "Effective Municipal Climate Change Adaptations".

Visit http://www.naylornetwork.com/cww-nwl/articles/index.asp?aid=309305&issueID=40411 to view the full article online.

 



Be sure to mark your calendar for CWWA’s first National Water and Wastewater Conference. Scheduled for October 25-28 at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler – an amazing venue that will bring our delegates together in one of the most beautiful parts of the country. 

The Call for Presentations, online registration, sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are now all available online. 
 
To build a successful conference we need your experiences, support and participation! 
 
This conference will merge several topics, for which we’ve previously hosted separate conferences, bringing together drinking water, wastewater, water security, water and energy efficiency, biosolids and climate change. It will be the first time all these players will be together at a national level to discuss how all these aspects of water and wastewater management connect – and where they diverge or conflict. It will build new collaborations and relationships and give the sector a stronger national voice. 

Utility managers, consultants, government officials, operators and academics— all will appreciate this chance to learn and network. 

This Conference is FOR YOU, be sure to be there!
 
For more information on sponsorship or exhibitor opportunities contact the CWWA office at awilson@cwwa.ca or call (613) 747-0524. 

 

 

 
 
   
The Canadian Water and Wastewater Association’s Climate Change Committee hosted a National Climate Change Technical Workshop in conjunction with the National Drinking Water conference on October 28th. The workshop, titled "Working Together to Adapt to Climate Change," featured presenters from government agencies, from the private sector, and from academia.

The Committee has produced a detailed report outlining the outcomes and next steps for the Committee, which is available from the CWWA website.

Visit http://www.cwwa.ca/pdf_files/Climate_Change_Workshop-Post-mortem.pdf to view the full article online.

 
 
   
CWWA’s Climate Change Committee has formed a sub-committee focussed on engagement of our members. To further its goals, this sub-committee created a national survey questionnaire to obtain current information on the needs and concerns of the Canadian Water and Wastewater sector.

Visit http://www.naylornetwork.com/cww-nwl/articles/index.asp?aid=309073&issueID=40411 to view the full article online.

 
 
   
The CWWA was pleased to welcome 20 delegates visiting Canada from the Water Resources Department of Tibet Autonomous Region, People’s Republic of China. The group was led by Mr. Dawazhaxi, Director-General and Engineer , responsible for all of Tibet.

Visit http://www.naylornetwork.com/cww-nwl/articles/index.asp?aid=309033&issueID=40411 to view the full article online.

 
 
   
In early February, CWWA was pleased to welcome three delegates from the Japan Water Research Centre. The delegation was led by their Executive Director Mr. Shigeru Ando. Researchers from the Centre visit a different country each year to learn all that they can. This group also met with the City of Ottawa staff, as well as provincial and utility leaders in southern Ontario and the Vancouver area.

Visit http://www.naylornetwork.com/cww-nwl/articles/index.asp?aid=309233&issueID=40411 to view the full article online.

 
Member News
 
   
The lines between wastewater and drinking water have been fading. As leaders in the international water research community, the Water Research Foundation (WRF) and Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) have been taking a proactive and progressive look at the future of water research in order to benefit their subscribers and strengthen research partnerships.

Visit http://www.naylornetwork.com/cww-nwl/articles/index.asp?aid=309049&issueID=40411 to view the full article online.

 
Federal Initiatives
 
   
The Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) announced January 9, 2015, the release of A Protocol for the Derivation of Groundwater Quality Guidelines for Use at Contaminated Sites.

Visit http://www.naylornetwork.com/cww-nwl/articles/index.asp?aid=309104&issueID=40411 to view the full article online.

 
 
   
Health Canada’s Federal-Provincial-Territorial Committee on Drinking Water (CDW) recently assessed the available information on pH with the intent of updating the drinking water guideline.

Visit http://www.naylornetwork.com/cww-nwl/articles/index.asp?aid=309112&issueID=40411 to view the full article online.

 
 
   
Environment Canada and Health Canada announced, January 28, 2015, that they intend to conduct a review of Significant New Activity (SNAc) orders and notices currently in place under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999).

Visit http://www.naylornetwork.com/cww-nwl/articles/index.asp?aid=309127&issueID=40411 to view the full article online.

 
AdEdge Water Technologies, LLC
International News
 
   
Tokyo Metropolitan Waterworks Bureau has set up the platform on their website about energy and environmental issues with the goal of creating a forum for global ideas exchange.

Visit http://www.naylornetwork.com/cww-nwl/articles/index.asp?aid=309036&issueID=40411 to view the full article online.

 
Upcoming Events

 
 March /Mars 
 17 -19  
Visit the website
 April /Avril 
 19 – 21  
Visit the website
 26 – 28  
Visit the website
 May/Mai  
5
Visit the Website
 27 -29  

WEFMAX. Old Quebec City, QC
 27 – 30  
Visit the website
 June / Juin 
 5 – 8   

Visit the website
 7 – 10   

Visit the website
 25  

The Energy of Water - Exploring Nexus Opportunities. Vancouver, British Columbia

September / Septembre
 15 - 18  

Visit the website
 26 - 30  

Visit the website
October / Octobre 
4 - 7

Visit the website
25 - 28
Visit the website




ACWWA Annual Conference. St. John’s, NFLD
www.acwwa.org
National Water and Wastewater Conference. Whistler, 
BC
www.cwwawatergo.com




 
Snippings and Clippings
Water Canada
The future is notoriously difficult to predict. But if the past is anything to go by, the coming decades could bring a lot of change. Since the early 1980s, worries over chlorine by-products have been replaced by Giardia and Cryptosporidium concerns. Ultraviolet disinfection and membrane filtration have also emerged on the scene. Meanwhile, tragedies like Walkerton focused attention on source control and operator training.

Visit http://watercanada.net/2015/water-forecast/ to view the full article online.

 
Water Canada
The Ontario Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure (OCSI) released a new report on January 13 resulting from research and consultation on the Wastewater Infrastructure Needs Assessment (WINA) project

Visit http://watercanada.net/2015/ocsi-releases-wastewater-infrastructure-needs-assessment-report/ to view the full article online.

 
Only 20 per cent of global wastewater is currently being treated, leaving low-income countries hardest hit by contaminated water supplies and disease, according to a UN report which encourages governments to see treated wastewater as a valuable resource, and a priority for the post-2015 development agenda.

Visit http://www.unep.org/ecosystemmanagement/News/PressRelease/tabid/426/language/en-US/Default.aspx?DocumentID=2818&ArticleID=11130&Lang=en to view the full article online.

 
Water Canada
The Government of British Columbia announced on February 5 a new fee and rental rate which it says will help ensure the safety and effective management of the province’s water resources.

Visit http://watercanada.net/2015/bc-government-introduces-new-water-fees-and-rental-rates/ to view the full article online.

 
University of Western Ontario
A new engineering award supports a Western student conducting innovative wastewater treatment research

Visit http://www.giving.westernu.ca/your-impact/publications/impact-western/winter-2014/sourcing-sustainable.html to view the full article online.

 
Mondaq.com
The Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) is proposing to tighten the permissible levels of some contaminants in piped drinking water, and to adopt standards for other as yet unregulated chemicals. MOECC is holding a Regulatory Consultation until February 16, 2005. The changes will amend Ontario Regulation 169/03—Drinking Water Standards under the Safe Drinking Water Act. These standards don't apply to bottled water – another reason to drink tap water instead.

Visit http://www.mondaq.com/canada/x/372356/Clean+Air+Pollution/Ontario+Proposes+New+Drinking+Water+Standards to view the full article online.

 
Water Canada
Municipalities throughout North America have substantial investments in their wastewater treatment systems, and of course as populations grow, utilities must consider investing in expansion. Recently, a sometimes overlooked protocol of optimization, the Composite Correction Program (CCP), has gained resurgence as a technique to ensure existing infrastructure is utilized to the best of its capacity.

Visit http://watercanada.net/2015/wastewater-optimization/ to view the full article online.

 
The Province
The provincial government announced its new pricing structure for B.C. water Thursday, following through on the promise it made when it passed modernized water legislation last year.

Visit http://www.theprovince.com/news/Companies+will+have+groundwater+enough/10791356/story.html to view the full article online.

 
Winnipeg Free Press
Ontario is creating a Great Lakes Guardians' Council to improve collaboration among governments, agencies and First Nations around the world's largest supply of fresh water.

Visit http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/arts-and-life/life/greenpage/ontario-creates-great-lakes-guardian-council-to-help-protect-fresh-water-source-292456181.html to view the full article online.

 
www.health.gov.bc.ca
The Ministry of Health – with the support of the regional health authorities – has prepared three draft guidance documents clarifying what is expected of water suppliers to ensure they deliver safe, high-quality drinking water in the province. The documents were prepared with technical input from industry, municipalities, provincial ministries and health authority staff.

Visit http://www.health.gov.bc.ca/protect/dwconsult.html to view the full article online.

 
GroundWater Canada
A University of Waterloo researcher has received funding for a project to develop innovations for environmentally friendly water treatment technologies.

Visit http://www.groundwatercanada.com/content/view/2626/57/ to view the full article online.

 
Energy Live News
A wastewater treatment site in Fleetwood, Lancashire has installed a £1.5 million solar panel array.

Visit http://www.energylivenews.com/2015/02/19/waste-water-treatment-facility-goes-solar/ to view the full article online.

 
Water Canada
Winter-related issues disrupt communities across Canada every year and the impacts from extreme weather events, like ice storms, are compounded as we endure one polar vortex after another.

Visit http://watercanada.net/2015/cold-snap-2/ to view the full article online.

 
Telegraph
Lynn Brooks was not very happy when wastewater from her washing machine backed up into a nearby bathtub, signalling something was very wrong with the septic system in her rural home.

Visit http://www.naylornetwork.com/cww-nwl/articles/index.asp?aid=309218&issueID=40411 to view the full article online.

 
Canadian Water and Wastewater Association
1010 Polytek Street, Unit 11, Ottawa, ON, K1J 9H9 Canada
Office phone: (613) 747-0524
Office fax: (613) 747-0523